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    Medium-Size Kellogg & Humbert Gold Ingot
    Salvaged from the
    S.S. Central America

    38.76 Ounce Kellogg & Humbert Gold Ingot. CAGB-635. Mold K&H-02, per A California Gold Rush History by Q. David Bowers. Recovered from the S.S. Central America, information on the top face: No. 838 / 38.76 oz. / 892 fine / $714.70 (in 1857 value). Bowers notes the ingot's unusual dimensions, calling it "Thick, almost cubic." On this small and compact ingot, the assayer's imprint is visible on the north face relative to the main information, while the bottom face repeats the serial number just above a prominent hollow from the ingot-making process. Corner-cuts are at the bottom right of the information face and its exact opposite. Medium size, falling just below the 40-ounce cutoff for medium-to-large set by Bowers.
    Recent Heritage auctions have brought a number of sizable S.S. Central America gold ingots to the market, including several massive ingots weighing in at over 100 ounces in the recent January 2010 FUN Auction. On the other hand, smaller ingots such as this Kellogg & Humbert example or the 23-ounce Justh & Hunter ingot also in this catalog also have an esteemed place in the collecting community, providing opportunities for Old West enthusiasts with a passion for assayer ingots but not necessarily the desire to own a massive "brick" of California gold. This Kellogg & Humbert representative, though small enough to rest on the palm of one's hand, is weighty atop it--and the weight of its history is even greater. The ingot measures 41 x 51 x 30 mm.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2010
    4th-7th Thursday-Sunday
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