Menu
Welcome Sign-In | Join Now
Sold for Sign-in or Join (free & quick) includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 

Description

Lustrous 1849 Norris, Gregg, & Norris
Five Dollar, K-2, AU

1849 $5 Norris, Gregg, & Norris Five Dollar, Plain Edge AU50 PCGS. K-2, R.5. Period after ALLOY. Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol is a fitting read for these coins, as it was more than a half-century between their production and when the source of their enigmatic "N.G. & N." stamp finally was revealed. Among U.S. Assayer of Gold Augustus Humbert's coins sold in 1902 was a perfect example of the issue, wrapped in a piece of paper reading, "From my friends, Norris, Grigg & Norris." (Today's commonly accepted "Gregg" was also spelled "Grigg" and "Grieg" in contemporary sources.) Today they are considered the very first of the California gold issuers, having produced coins as early as May 1849. As such, their historic coinage is highly prized by collectors.
The coins appear to have circulated well, proof that they were accepted in commerce. Early assays by Eckfeldt and Dubois substantiated the firm's claim that they weighed 1 percent more than federal half eagles and sold in major cities in the East at the same premium. The present AU example is attractive and problem-free, showing a complete 5 on the high point of the shield--the first detail that wear will efface. The surfaces are antique-gold, with considerable luster remaining. A few small hits dot the surfaces, mostly on the reverse, which account for the grade. Listed on page 360 of the 2010 Guide Book. Population: 5 in 50, 19 finer (11/09). (PCGS# 10279)

Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  | PCGS Guarantee of Grade and Authenticity  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Glossary of Terms

Auction Info

Auction Dates
January, 2010
6th-10th
Internet/Mail/Phone Bidders: 9
Members Tracking: N/A
Page Views: 434

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

Heritage membership

940,605
bidder-members
$885,447,626
sold in the last year

Join Now - It's Free

VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 

Consignments wanted

Only 6 days left to consign to the 2015 September 16 - 21 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach!

Learn about consigning with us

I was very pleased with the professionalism of your organization during my last two auction consignments.
J.U. ,
Holland, MI
View More Testimonials

HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit: compete.com

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN
2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN
REALIZED $8,332,129
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $6,503,481
2015 April 22 - 28 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 22 - 28 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $10,592,191

© 2015 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved