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Lahainaluna-engraved currency
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 20,400 USD
JUMP TO LOT
151
Lahainaluna-engraved currency
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 20,400 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Fine Books and Manuscripts Including A Private Collection of Historical Hawaiiana

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Lahainaluna-engraved currency

A set of the 6-piece scrip issued by Rev. Lorrin Andrews and printed at the Lahainaluna mission station, ca. 1843–1844

6 pieces of engraved and etched currency and fractional currency, comprising a dollar (Hookahi Dala; 45 x 75 mm), a half-dollar (Hapalua; 42 x 60 mm); a quarter-dollar (Hapaha; 30 x 50 mm); an eighth-dollar (Hapawalu; 25 x 40 mm); a sixteenth-dollar (Hapaumi; 22 x 30 mm); and a 3-cent note (3 Keneta; 27 x 32 mm); some very light browning, withal a sharp, fine set. Matted together in a Koa wood frame.


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Catalogue Note

A very rare complete set of Lahainaluna scrip, in fine condition. Loren Andrews resigned as a missionary in 1842 because he objected to the mission's Boston headquarters accepting donations from slave states. He remained in Hawaii and took over the printing shop at Lahainaluna, which issued this very early Hawaiian scrip.

All six notes were printed on a single sheet of paper (rectos only), which was pasted to heavier board stock and then cut into the separate denominations. All individual notes are now extremely scarce and complete sets almost never met with.  

The emblematic engravings are skillfully executed. The Hookahi Dala note features a chart of all of the Hawaiian Islands; the Hapalua depicts a Lahainaluna vista, with the mission station visible in the foreground; the Hapaha displays a pair of globes; the Hapawalu, a telescope; the Hapaumi, a balanced scale; and the 3-Keneta note a beehive. 

Fine Books and Manuscripts Including A Private Collection of Historical Hawaiiana

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New York