25 Apr 2011

Rare Hawaii coins fuel hot auction

10:10 am on 25 April 2011

Two rare Hawaiian coins, one valued at 40,000 US dollars, are being auctioned online with bidding slated to close Wednesday.

The auction is being conducted by Texas-based Heritage Auction Galleries, which describes itself as the largest collectibles auctioneer and third-largest

auction house in the world.

One of the two coins is an example of the uncirculated hapa-walu - an 1883 Hawaiian eighth-dollar coin.

The second coin is the pattern Hawaiian nickel of 1881.

It was struck at the Paris mint at the request of a New Caledonian nickel miner for King Kalakaua.