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Large 159 Ounce Justh & Hunter Gold Ingot

Justh & Hunter Ingot Gold Ingot. No. 9489. Like Harris, Marchand & Co., The Justh & Hunter assaying concern operated offices in two different locations, in this case San Francisco and Marysville. Justh was a lithographer who arrived in San Francisco from Hungary via Germany, in November 1850. Six months later, he advertised his lithographic printing office in San Francisco. Emmanueal Justh and his partner, Solomon Hillen Hunter, a native of Maryland, began their assaying business in San Francisco on May 15, 1855 and opened their Marysville branch a year later. The firm was in business for three years until July 1858.
Justh and Hunter ingots are much more plentiful than the other assayers with the exception of Kellogg and Humbert (with 343 ingots). There were 85 ingots discovered, and these were almost certainly from two different assay offices; 58 ingots had serial numbers from 4050 to 4351, 23 others had serial numbers from 9434 to 9526, and three ingots did not have serial numbers. This higher serial number ingot may have been produced at the Marysville office. Twenty-two of the Justh & Hunter ingots had higher weights. Only six ingots, however, had higher fineness.
This ingot has not been conserved as most and retains much of the dark orange, copper, and deep brown patina similar to nearly every bar when it was first recovered. Considerable light yellow gold remains visible. All inscriptions are on the face as: NO. 9489 / JUSTH & HUNTER (twice) / 159.23 OZS / 932 FINE / $3,067.74. Measurements are 54 x 125 x 41 mm. from ingot Mold J&H M.-05, an intermediate mold attributed to the Marysville office of the Justh and Hunter assaying firm. Dave Bowers identified 23 different ingot molds for this firm, 15 from their San Francisco office and eight from Marysville. 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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