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    1853 Arms of California Half Dollar, MS63
    'Humbert Eagle' Reverse

    1853 50C Arms of California 50 Cents, BG-435, Low R.5, MS63 PCGS. The BG-435 is one of the classic delicacies of California fractional gold, featuring the Arms of California on the obverse, complete with seated Columbia (garbed as Minerva) holding a shield and spear, a handsome California grizzly bear (now extinct, apparently) feeding on grapes, and an ocean and mountains in the background. The reverse is even more iconic, a miniature version of the Humbert Eagle design from the eponymous octagonal fifty dollar gold pieces. Although the BG-435 is not rare in California fractional gold terms, it is in hot demand as the sole use of both of these dies, fashioned by an unknown maker (some suggest Braverman and Levy). This MS63 PCGS example features bright brassy-gold surfaces showing only scattered, minor ticks that are totally undistracting. Population: 19 in 63, 11 finer (6/15). (NGC ID# 2BKU, PCGS# 10471)

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    August, 2015
    12th-16th Wednesday-Sunday
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