At several points in our nation's history, a shortage of coins was offset by merchants issuing private tokens. This section includes Hard Times Tokens, Civil War Tokens, and Feuchtwanger Coins.
John Waterhouse operated an import business in Honolulu starting in 1851. He issued the first tokens from the islands in ca. 1860. These large white metal pieces feature the likeness of King Kamehameha III, but the inscription reads Kamehameha IV. The metal is soft which affects the striking quality as well as the durability of the token. These are scarce in any grade, but finding a high grade coin like this is a real treat! What a great piece of early Hawaiian history and a true numismatic treasure!
Restrike-Original Dies. Given to directors of the company in charge of a proposed French colony known as Castorland in Carthage, NY.
Well detailed with nice problem-free surfaces.