The vast majority of these were melted by the Government. The overthrow of the Monarchy, Territorial status and withdrawal of Hawaiian coins created a great demand for souvenirs of the vanished Kingdom. Opportunistic jewelers took advantage of the situation and fashioned Hawaiian silver coins into various ingenious pieces of popular jewelry, such as watch fobs, belts, spoons, bracelets, napkin rings, pins, etc.
The most elaborate of theses were the intricate multicolored enamel pieces. These were hand-crafted by cutting away parts of the coin to form recesses. These areas were filled with several colored molten enamels (which was made up of ground glass and water). Coins were enameled on one side, usually the reverse featuring the Hawaiian coat-of-arms.
The item "1883 Hawaiian Dollar Pin Enamel Very Rare Silver" is in sale since Tuesday, May 31, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Hawaiian\Jewelry". The seller is "hawaiianislandsstampandcoin" and is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. This item can be shipped to United States.