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    1853 Arms of California BG-435 Half Dollar
    The Sole Type of This Design, MS64

    1853 50C Arms of California 50 Cents, BG-435, Low R.5, MS64 NGC. The "Arms of California" half dollar is widely known and recognized beyond collectors of California Fractional Gold. The obverse replicates the State Arms design of California, while the reverse is imitative of the eagle used on Humbert gold coinage. Unquestionably a Period One coin, the date (1853) may actually represent the year of manufacture. The second edition of Breen-Gillio goes on at length about the coin owned by Jules Fonrobert (and 77 other California Fractionals) and sold in 1878.

    This is a bright yellow-gold example with remarkably strong obverse details. The reverse displays just a bit of high-point softness. An area of planchet cracking is seen connecting Liberty's chin and neck. An identifying planchet flake is located just in from the obverse rim at 9 o'clock, and another on the reverse is seen to the right of the right (facing) wingtip. Census: 2 in 64, 1 finer (11/15). (NGC ID# 2BKU, PCGS# 10471)


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