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    1852 Assay Office Fifty, K-14, XF45
    Late-Series 900 Thous. Issue

    1852 $50 Assay Office Fifty Dollar, 900 Thous. XF45 PCGS. K-14, High R.5. The 900 fine Assay Office fifty dollar coins were struck in early 1853 in spite of their date, the only octagonal fifties of the Humbert-Assay Office coinages that actually conform to the federal standard of the era. These large "coins" were not really considered as such by their users in Gold Rush California, and the gamut of monikers for them -- adobe, slug, ingot, quintuple eagle -- reinforce the dichotomy between then and now. It does help explain, perhaps, how and why most examples were melted within a few years of production (souvenirs and pocket pieces being the exception) in favor of smaller-denomination, more fungible coinage.

    This Choice XF example, certified in a green-label holder, shows generous luster on both sides, complementing glorious deep golden color. A few rim bumps and scattered abrasions are to be expected. Listed on page 383 of the 2014 Guide Book.
    From The Klamath Mountain Collection, Part II. (NGC ID# ANHH, PCGS# 10019)


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

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