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    1853 Arms of California Half Dollar
    BG-435, Assay Office Reverse Design
    MS65, Single Finest at NGC

    1853 50C Arms of California 50 Cents, BG-435, Low R.5, MS65 NGC. The "Arms of California" is perhaps the most famous of all California small denomination gold varieties. It appears only on BG-435. Both sides of the variety are presented on the back of the second edition of Breen-Gillio. BG-435 is also the only variety to have both sides depicted on the front of the Jay Roe collection catalog. The obverse shows the California state arms. The reverse imitates the eagle, ribbon, and shield seen on the Assay Office gold coins still in production in 1853. The maker is unknown for this unique Period One type.

    As of (11/15), NGC has certified only six examples of BG-435, with the present lot as the single finest. It is well struck and unmarked with only a couple of microscopic flan flaws on the obverse field. Sun-gold overall with faint cherry-red toning at the margins.
    From The Elbert Henry Gary Collection. (NGC ID# 2BKU, PCGS# 10471)


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