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    K-5 1851 Reeded Edge Humbert Fifty
    880 Thous., VF Sharpness

    1851 $50 RE Humbert Fifty Dollar, 880 Thous.--Damaged--NCS. VF. K-5, Low R.5. One of the most intricate patterns ever to appear on a U.S. issue was the geometric design on the reverse of the United States Assay Office fifty dollar octagonal "ingots." The "engine-turned" pattern was hardly a coincidence, since Augustus Humbert, the assayer who had come to California from New York, had been a maker of watch cases before his appointment, and such patterns were common in Humbert's previous field.
    This moderately worn Humbert fifty show numerous corner bumps and other rim abrasions that NCS has chosen to label as "damage." Despite these flaws, the piece remains majestic. Dusky yellow-gold surfaces are moderately worn with a number of marks, yet rich with the appeal of rough history. An impressive example. Listed on page 368 of the 2011 Guide Book. (NGC ID# ANH8, PCGS# 10211)


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