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    Select BU Arms of California Half Dollar

    1853 Arms of California 50 Cents, BG-435, R.6 MS 63 PCGS. The classic rarity and key to the entire series of California Fractional gold coins. The obverse displays the Arms of California, a seated Minerva with a bear at her feet; the reverse has 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. An important opportunity for the serious Cal. gold specialist. The fields are semi-prooflike and the coin has a bright yellow-gold color overall with none of the usual reddish patina often seen. (NGC ID# 2BKU, PCGS# 10471)

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    August, 1998
    7th-10th Friday-Monday
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