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    1851 San Francisco State of California, MS62
    Twenty Dollar Territorial Pattern, K-4, Gilt

    1851 P$20 San Francisco State of California 20 Dollars Pattern, MS62 Gilt NGC. K-4, Low R.7. The San Francisco State of California patterns were probably struck on speculation in Birmingham, England, after September of 1850. The twenty dollar design is one of the most artistic in all of private coinage, but no coins were ever produced for circulation. The obverse of the twenty dollar pattern features a head of Liberty, with 13 stars around, and the date 1851 below. The reverse shows a central figure of Minerva holding a spear and gazing through the Golden Gate. Her arm rests on a shield, with a sheaf of wheat nearby. A bear is at her feet and a miner is in the background, in front of a mountain. The legend SAN FRANCISCO STATE OF CALIFORNIA is around, with 20 D. below the exergue. Struck in silver, with a reeded edge. This piece has been gilt.

    The design elements of this MS62 specimen are sharply detailed in most areas, but the miner shows only as a lighter silhouette against the mountain, possibly because of the gold plating. The vivid orange-gold surfaces show the minimum number pf minor contact marks for the grade, with prooflike reflective fields and outstanding eye appeal. Altogether, a most attractive specimen of this rare issue. This piece is the only example certified by NGC (11/17).


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    January, 2018
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