Menu
Welcome Sign-In | Register
Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 

Description

Marvelous 1851 Reeded Edge Humbert Fifty
880 Thous., K-5, AU53

1851 $50 RE Humbert Fifty Dollar, 880 Thous. AU53 NGC. K-5, Low R.5. This variety features a large "target" design at the center of the reverse--a design purportedly done by U.S. Assayer Augustus Humbert, a former watchmaker, himself. California suffered from a severe coin shortage as early as the summer of 1848 and several steps were taken to alleviate the situation. One of the solutions was to have the U.S. Assay Office strike gold coins, which it did from 1851 to 1853. The following year the San Francisco Mint opened.
The U.S. Assay Office fifty dollar octagonal "slugs" are highly popular because of their impressive size and historical significance. Unfortunately for collectors, the large size of these coins and the soft nature of gold means that many show numerous bagmarks and rim defects. The present coin, however, is an above-average survivor with no significant marks and nearly unperturbed rims. Light hairlines in the field barely affect the splendid eye appeal. The eagle motif on the obverse is a bit soft, as almost always seen, but the rest of the details are crisp. Powerful luster shines throughout. Listed on page 364 of the 2010 Guide Book. (NGC ID# ANH8, PCGS# 10211)


Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  | NGC Coin Grading Guarantee  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Glossary of Terms

Auction Info

Auction Dates
September, 2009
9th-13th Wednesday-Sunday
Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
Page Views: 1,266

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

Heritage membership

Join Now - It's Free

VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 
Consign now
  • Cash Advances
  • More Bidders
  • Trusted Experts
  • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
Consign to the 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - .

Learn about consigning with us

The staff at Heritage are amazing to work with. My wife and I were given the "red carpet treatment" from the moment we walked in. We felt safe and secure the moment we arrived.
Joe Eversole,
Plainview, NY
View More Testimonials

HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Compete.com)

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction
2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction
REALIZED $8,541,600
2016 September 8 - 13 Long Beach Expo World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
2016 September 8 - 13 Long Beach Expo World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED SO FAR $4,495,359
2016 September 8 - 12 Long Beach Expo World Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach
2016 September 8 - 12 Long Beach Expo World Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED $1,023,060

© 2016 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved