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    Blake & Co. Gold Ingot, 13.35 Ounces
    S.S. Central America

    Blake & Co. Gold Ingot. 13.35 Ounces. CABG-026. "What is it about treasure that fascinates people so much?" David Lisot posed this question to Dr. Bob Evans, chief scientist and curator of the S.S. Central America recovery project, in an interview for Coinweek at the September 2013 Long Beach Expo. Evans replied, "I think treasure is an iconic childhood dream. ... Treasure stories are magic."

    To be sure, the discovery of the more than 500 gold ingots, thousands of gold coins, countless amounts of gold dust, and scores of gold nuggets was a dream come true for the members and investors of the Columbus-America Discovery Group, as well as the public at large. The prolonged excitement that the find has generated in numismatic circles, spanning more than 30 years now, is unparalleled in the hobby, and deservedly so. The cache provided collectors with more than 5,000 1857-S double eagles in exceptional states of preservation. Near-Gem and Gem No Motto twenties were available for the first time. The hoard also included an impressive array of pioneer coinage from famous Gold Rush makers like Wass, Molitor & Co., Kellogg & Co., Moffat & Co., and Augustus Humbert (United States Assay Office of Gold).

    Arguably the most important and impressive items salvaged from the wreckage 7,200 feet below the surface of the Atlantic were 577 gold bars (532 were originally recovered from 1988-1991, and another 45 pieces were brought up in 2014). Only a handful of Gold Rush ingots were known prior to that point, and many of the pieces on the market were of uncertain origin. The bars retrieved from the Central America provide numismatists and collectors with a perfect time capsule and archive for better understanding the hallmarks of genuine California ingots, which served such an important role in the local economy.

    There is no doubt that this Blake & Co. gold bar is an iconic relic of the California Gold Rush and a wonderful souvenir of America's Western expansion. In obtaining this piece, the new owner will accomplish something most collectors can only dream of.

    All six sides show the usual signs of post-production polishing, an indication that Blake & Co. may have intended their ingots for commercial usage. Three sides are imprinted. One side shows the BLAKE & Co hallmark. The adjoining side states: No 5225 (sideways) / 791 FINE / $218.28. The third side states the all-important weight: 13.35 Oz. The ingot measures: 69 x 68 x 21 mm. As one can tell from the dimensions, this ingot is slightly trapezoidal, produced from the adjustable length "Twix Bar" mold (so-called by Bob Evans).
    From The Marcello Collection, Part V.

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

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    March, 2019
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