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    Rare "Arms of California" Design

    1853 Arms of California 50 Cents, BG-435, R.6 MS 60. The classic rarity and key to the entire series of California Fractional gold coins. The obverse displays the Arms of California, with a seated Minerva with a bear at her feet; the reverse shows a defiant eagle similar to that seen on Augustus Humbert's famous Fifty Dollar gold "slugs." The maker's identity is unknown, but the quality of engraving is amazingly high. This is the only appearance of either die--other varieties are perhaps rarer, but they often represent mulings or die pairings of common dies. Possibly as many as twelve examples exist, of which this piece resides high in the condition census. This is an important opportunity for the serious Cal. gold specialist. This is a very well struck example that has rather dull surfaces but shows uniform, rich reddish-gold color with a touch of lilac on each side. (NGC ID# 2BKU, PCGS# 10471)

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    August, 1995
    16th-19th Wednesday-Saturday
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