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    1853 California Round 50 Cents, MS63
    Arms of California, BG-435

    1853 50C Arms of California 50 Cents, BG-435, Low R.5, MS63 NGC. The 1853 Arms of California round half dollar is arguably the most famous issue in the entire California Fractional Gold series. It is not as rare as some varieties but this issue employs two dies that were not used on any other issue in the series. The obverse features the State Arms of California, while the eagle on the reverse resembles the motif on the U.S. Assay Office fifty dollar slugs. The manufacturer is unknown but some researchers have suggested the firm of Braverman & Levy as the makers. The coins seem to have circulated at one time, but some numismatists believe the coins were struck at a later period than the 1853 date suggests.

    This coin is a delightful Select specimen, with sharply detailed design elements and prooflike yellow-gold surfaces that show only minor signs of contact. Census: 3 in 63, 1 finer (2/14).
    From the Collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation. (NGC ID# 2BKU, PCGS# 10471)


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