Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 

    Description

    Near-Mint 1851 Humbert Fifty
    Reeded Edge, 880 Thous., K-5

    1851 $50 RE Humbert Fifty Dollar, 880 Thous. AU58 NGC. K-5, Low R.5. A reeded edge variety with the date on the obverse exergue. This straw-gold example displays shimmering luster on the legends, eagle, and scroll work. The eagle's plumage detail is virtually complete, although the rock, leg, and arrows show wear. Careful inspection locates a couple of trivial edge nicks at the corners, but field marks are fewer in number than generally seen. The obverse field has a pebbled texture, as made from a rusted die. A desirable example of this first-year Humbert issue.
    The United States Assay Office of Gold in San Francisco essentially operated as a provisional United States mint in California prior to the opening and operations of the official branch mint three years later. Augustus Humbert, who served as assayer for the United States, came to the west coast from New York where he had been a watchmaker. Humbert was appointed the assayer of the USAOG at a salary "not to exceed five thousand dollars," and arrived in San Francisco early in January 1851.
    After the U.S. Assay Office closed in 1853, Humbert partnered with John Glover Kellogg in an assay house venture, which produced private gold coins in 1854 and 1855 during the growing pains of the new San Francisco Mint. Many large Kellogg & Humbert gold ingots were recovered from the 1857 S.S. Central America shipwreck. Humbert returned to New York in 1860, where he lived there for several years until his death on June 7, 1873 at the age of 58. The present variety is listed on page 362 of the 2009 Guide Book. Census: 12 in 58, 11 finer (11/08).
    From The James Mossman Collection. (NGC ID# ANH8, PCGS# 10211)


    View all of [The James Mossman Collection ]

    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
    January, 2009
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 800

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $9) 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
    Only 19 days left to consign to the 2017 April 26 - May 2 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I couldn't ask for more with respect to Heritage's marketing effort.
    Gerald T.,
    Atlantic Highlands, NJ
    View More Testimonials

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

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    REALIZED $11,099,576
    2017 January 17 - 18 World Coins Signature Internet Auction - Dallas
    2017 January 17 - 18 World Coins Signature Internet Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $2,410,164
    2017 January 5 - 9 FUN World Currency Signature Auction -
    2017 January 5 - 9 FUN World Currency Signature Auction -
    REALIZED $1,281,984