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Impressive 56.65 Ounce Harris, Marchand & Co. Gold Ingot

Harris, Marchand & Co. Ingot Gold Ingot. No. 6476. The firm of Harris, Marchand & Co. operated offices in Sacramento and Marysville, California. Harvey Harris was originally from Denmark and Desire Marchand came from Belgium by way of Paris, France. While he was in France he studied assaying techniques at the Paris Mint, earning him the right to use the distinctive registered assayer's stamp seen on this ingot. The Sacramento office was established in late September 1855 and the branch in Marysville began operations the following January. The Harris and Marchand partnership continued operating their assay offices until September 1859. Later, Harvey Harris performed assays in western Nevada until his death in Gold Hill (near Carson City and Virginia City) in 1894.
Ingots discovered among items recovered in the S.S. Central America treasure included those of five different manufacturers. By far the most plentiful of these were ingots from the Kellogg & Humbert firm. All others, including Blake & Co., Henry Hentsch, Justh & Hunter, and Harris Marchand, each offered in the present sale, are much scarcer. The Harris, Marchand & Co. ingots are the third rarest with 37 ingots discovered. Serial numbers for 36 of these ranged from 6278 to 6528 with one example showing 7095. It has been speculated that this higher serial number may have been produced in Marysville with the others all from Sacramento. Of the 37 ingots discovered, 22 had a higher fineness than this example, and eight ingots had a higher weight.
Light yellow gold with a hint of green. The face has NO. 6476 at the top, with HARRIS MARCHAND & CO in a curved line, and the hallmark MARCHAND ESSAYEUR. Below this is 56.65 OZ / 856 FINE / $1002.42. This ingot measures 42 x 112 x 22 mm. and is from ingot Mold H&M S.-03. Accompanied by the deluxe leather, gilt copy of A California Gold Rush History by Q. David Bowers, including a pinch of gold dust inside the front cover, and an enlarged glossy color print of this ingot inside the back cover.
From the Bodie Collection of S.S. Central America Gold Ingots.(#10364) (PCGS# 10364)

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