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    Kellogg & Humbert Gold Ingot, 39.74 Ounces
    S.S. Central America

    Kellogg & Humbert Gold Ingot. 39.74 Ounces. CAGB-609. Among the many numismatic relics of the California Gold Rush period, few are as iconic and probably none more impressive than the massive gold ingots salvaged from the S.S. Central America beginning in the late 1980s. In an age of cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens, their essential tangibility and remarkable heft stands out all the more.

    Throughout the 1850s, San Francisco and the areas that surround it were home to assayers, refiners, and coiners who served a vital role in Western commerce, helping to convert the vast amounts of ore being mined in the gold fields into usable mediums of exchange. While coins were struck to circulate locally, millions of dollars' worth of gold ingots were poured to facilitate the shipment of California gold out East to places like Philadelphia and New York. Under normal circumstances, ingots received would have either been melted and recoined, or shipped abroad for similar purposes. Thus, few original California Gold Rush ingots were known prior to the discovery of the wreckage of the S.S. Central America.

    The Central America was traveling north from Panama for New York City when it sank in a hurricane off the coast of the Carolinas on September 12, 1857. The ship was carrying in excess of $2 million in gold coins and bars, including 578 ingots recovered to date. Of those, 373 (65%) were produced by the esteemed firm of Kellogg & Humbert. This example weighs 39.75 ounces and is classified as medium-sized, although it very nearly qualifies for the next highest size category. The top side is laid out vertically: No 803 / K&H hallmark / 39.74 Oz / 887 FINE / $728.66. The surfaces overall are bright golden-yellow with no surface imperfections noted.
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