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    Kellogg & Humbert Faceplate
    Originally the Tenth Largest Salvaged
    From the
    S.S. Central America

    Kellogg & Humbert Faceplate MS "418.92 Ounces." To some it may seem a numismatic tragedy that several large S.S. Central America ingots were vertically cut and the bulk of these bars converted into modern-day replicas of Territorial gold coins. But consider the alternative. Had this ingot remained intact, its bullion content alone would amount to $313,000. Such a large bullion content severely limits the collectability of a piece such as this. After the bulk of the gold was cut away, leaving only the faceplate, the top side of the ingot weighs only 35.39 ounces. Certainly more affordable to a wider range of collectors than the intact ingot. Kellogg & Humbert ingots were by far the most prevalent form of gold on board the S.S. Central America and they also showed a wide range of weights--from 5.71 ounces to one weighing a massive 933.94 ounces. This particular ingot was the tenth largest among Kellogg & Humbert bars.
    This particular faceplate is remarkably thin, only 3.84 mm. A word of caution: This faceplate is so thin, when it is taken out of the plastic encasement it will slightly bend. It is not difficult to imagine if it is not handled properly that it might actually break. While the bulk of the gold bullion has been removed, the important details of the ingot remain. The faceplate reads: No 881 / Kellogg & Humbert logo / 418.92 OZ / 909 FINE / $7.871.80. It measures 93 x 226 mm and the assayer's cut is evident on the lower right portion of the plate. The surface is bright yellow-gold with no reddish staining from the rusted iron supports of the ship. There is, however, a hole in the lower half. We suspect this may be from a large gas bubble created when the ingot was poured.
    The faceplate is part of a larger framed presentation. A large frame, measuring approximately 24 x 34 inches, contains photos of the salvage operation and a reproduction of the Central America based on a 19th color engraving. Also included is a 1.4 gram gold nugget salvaged from the ship and in a PCGS holder, and a restrike 1855 Kellogg fifty struck September 11, 2001, a date when somehow 99 of these pieces were struck.


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

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2008
    4th-7th Thursday-Sunday
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