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    1883 Cal Gold Charm MS65 NGC. Round, 0.25 gm. The obverse depicts a miner at work with pickaxe, set inside a circle surrounded by 17 nuggets with the date below. The reverse features a wreath, a large initial H, and the legend CAL GOLD CHARM. According to Mike Locke's research website, "Presumably struck by Herman Brand of San Francisco ... on or about the date on the token. The Secret Service seized the dies for the 1883 octagonal H in 1883 and told Brand that he could not make these tokens anymore because they could be confused with gold dollars!" (NGC ID# BK7H, PCGS# 661170)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    May-Jun, 2007
    31st-1st Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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