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    1850 Mormon Five, AU Details
    Popular K-5 Variety

    1850 $5 Mormon Five Dollar -- Reverse Scratched -- NGC Details. AU. K-5, High R.5. Mexican War veterans of the Mormon Battalion returned to Utah by way of California in 1848 and some of these homecoming soldiers were among the first to strike gold in the rivers near Sutter's Mill. A private mint was established in Salt Lake City to coin the gold dust these intrepid miners brought back to the Mormon community, under the auspices of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Four denominations were struck in 1849 at the Mormon mint, from two and a half to twenty dollars, but only five-dollar coins were struck in 1850. All of these issues are very-scarce-to-rare today.

    The present coin is a pleasing example with well-detailed design elements and orange-gold surfaces that show highlights of green at certain angles. Three long scratches on the reverse, one vertical and two horizontal, comprise the noted damage. The overall presentation of this interesting Territorial gold piece is quite attractive.


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

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2015
    22nd-26th Wednesday-Sunday
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