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    Justh & Hunter Gold Ingot
    22.28 Ounces
    From the
    S.S. Central America

    Justh & Hunter Gold Ingot. 22.28 Ounces. CABG-325. At the end of 1856 there were 11 gold assaying offices in California, several of which are now familiar names: Blake & Co.; California Metallurgical Works; E. Ford; Harris, Marchand & Co; Henry Hentsch; Justh & Hunter; Kellogg & Humbert; Nevada Assay Office; San Francisco Mint; Wass Molitor & Co.; and Wass, Uznay & Co. The names we recognize today are a result of the shipwreck of the S.S. Central America. Had that treasure-laden ship not sunk in September 1857, names like Blake & Co., Harris, Marchand, Henry Hentsch, and Justh & Hunter would be relegated to footnote status in the history of the California Gold Rush. However, on its 44th and final voyage, when the sidewheeler sank Justh & Hunter was the second-most recovered ingot with 382 bars raised.

    This small to medium sized ingot has a particular charm that we have not seen on the other recovered ingots from this famous shipwreck. It appears that 131 years on the ocean floor was sufficient time for the ocean to stake its own claim on the bar. Three of the six sides show light to moderate accretions of a whitish incrustation. We aren't quite sure what this is, but it is definitely a memento of the time this ingot spent underwater. The devices are laid out vertically and the individual ingot number identifies its source as the San Francisco office, rather than Marysville: No 4268 / Justh & Hunter hallmark / 22.28 OZS / 871 FINE. / $401.16. Poured into mold J&Hsf-04, meaning it is 42 mm x 61 mm. A spectacular starburst pattern was formed when the ingot was poured, seen over the 22 in the weight. The surfaces are completely original and bright yellow-gold throughout. Accompanied by a small metal "treasure box."
    From The Oswald Maxwell Collection.


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