Famous 1853 Arms of California Round Half MS641853 50C Arms of California 50 Cents, BG-435, Low R.5, MS64 PCGS. One of the most famous varieties within the entire California small denomination gold series. The obverse depicts the California state arms, and the reverse emulates loosely emulates the eagle, ribbon, and shield motif used on the Assay Office slugs then in local circulation. Such interesting types would soon belong to the past, since the majority of the Breen-Gillio varieties feature a parade of Liberty, Indian, and wreath types vaguely reminiscent of the Federal gold dollar. The present piece provides consistent light green-gold toning. The strike is even, and there are no detrimental marks. Population: 7 in 64, 4 finer (8/07).
(NGC ID# 2BKU, PCGS# 10471)
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