Description1850 Moffat & Co. Five Dollar Gold, W.W. LIGHT / DENTIST, VF Host; VF Counterstamp. Brunk L-371, Rulau Calif 110. Curved prepared punch. Sole example on this host coin. Dr. William W. Light was one of the early California Gold Rush pioneers and a colorful character as well. He is known to Territorial gold specialists as the die cutter for J.S. Ormsby during Dr. Light's earliest days in Sacramento. He later tried his hand at the gold fields, but was unsuccessful as a prospector. W.W. Light then returned to his chosen profession as a dentist, chemist, and physician, and he was one of the earliest skilled dentists in the Sacramento area. This is a famous relic of those days, unique on a Moffat & Co. five dollar gold piece and one of the few counterstamps of any kind known on a gold coin. It was formerly the centerpiece of the Frank L. Kovacs Collection, before becoming a highlight of the Donald Groves Partrick Collection.
Ex: The Frank L. Kovacs Collection, Bowers & Merena, 11/1993, lot 3199.
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