United States. Hawaiian Issue. Kalakaua I. Struck at the San Francisco mint. 1883

United States. Hawaiian Issue. Kalakaua I. Struck at the San Francisco mint. 1883

2,000.00

One Dollar, 26.72g (37.5mm, 6h). Struck by Charles Barber.

Grade: Extremely Fine; slight "bagginess," attractive toning with hints of luster in the legends (wc1044)

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Kalakaua I was born David Laʻamea Kamananakapu Mahinulani Naloiaehuokalani Lumialani Kalākaua (sometimes called The Merrie Monarch), was the last king and penultimate monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. He was born in 1836 and died in 1891. He was responsible for the Reciprocity Treaty of 1875 which gave the United States free access to sugar and other products grown in Hawaii. They also obtained the rights over the area which would become Pearl Harbor. This agreement helped to flourish the economy of Hawaii. When Kalakaua died in 1891 his sister Queen Liliʻuokalani became the last monarch to rule Hawaii. The United States interest in the island became too strong and in 1893 there was a coup d'état. The island eventually became an annexation to the U.S. in 1893.