Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society Medal. Silver.
Lot 1188
Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society Medal. Silver.
Sold for US$ 6,435 inc. premium
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Coins and Medals New York
16 Dec 2011 10:00 EST

Auction 19430
Lot Details
Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society Medal. Silver.
Medcalf 2RM-5. 2.5 inches, 134 grams. The Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society Medal is an award which was issued by the Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society, that was active in the Kingdom of Hawaii in the 1850s. The Society presented the medal annually to the best in each category of a juried exhibition of Hawaiian agricultural products.

The medals were ordered by the Society through the agency of a Mr. Marshall of Massachusetts. At the Society's request, Marshall contacted James Ross Snowden, director of the United States Mint, who forwarded the request to the Department of the Treasury. The request was approved with the stipulation that the medals were to be made after regular Mint hours. The number of specimens minted is unknown, but very few remain today. The obverse includes symbols of agricultural enterprise in the Hawaiian Islands - sugar and coffee - and implements and vehicles of trade - the plow and tall ships; the eastern sun is rising in the background, with a palm to the left and royal crown above all. The inscription around the edge reads ROYAL HAWAIIAN AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY, ESTABLISHED A.D. 1882. The reverse has a wreath surrounded by the inscription PREMIUM FOR THE BEST EXHIBITED with a center field for engraving the winner's name. This one is engraved: IMPORTED GRADE HOLSTEIN BULL WOODLAWN DAIRY 1884. It is made with dies engraved by Francis N. Mitchell and varieties are known in silver and white metal.

Evidence of light handling is seen on each side, but there are no marks or evidence of cleaning on the medium silver-gray surfaces. Given the short history of the Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society, the medals that were actually awarded are now extremely rare with price records approaching $35,000 if and when they are offered. Housed in the original case of issue.
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