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    1855 Wass Molitor Ten Dollar, AU53
    S.S. Central America Origin

    1855 $10 Wass Molitor Ten Dollar AU53 PCGS. CAC. K-6, High R.5. Ex: S.S. Central America. SSCA 7290. In addition to the mass-transaction golden cargo stowed in the S.S. Central America on its final doomed voyage, the ship also carried the personal fortunes of dozens of passengers, fortunes made during the California Gold Rush and subsequent years. A small portion of that wealth, recovered more than a century later, was held in the private gold coinage of the time. There were 89 Wass Molitor & Co. ten dollar coins salvaged from the wreck, for example, between the 1852 and 1855 issues.

    This K-6 piece comes from the latter date, which features a die pair known for the circular "plug" over the final date digit. Like many of its counterparts, it is poorly defined, especially at the top left obverse, but grading by remaining luster shows undeniable traces of bright luster in the protected areas of the finely abraded yellow-gold surfaces. A piece of great historic importance, a reminder not only of the struggle to mine and process gold in 1850s California but also the sobering reality that even those who struck it rich were not immune from losing it all. Listed on page 400 of the 2017 Guide Book.
    Ex: Chicago Signature (Heritage, 8/2011), lot 7726.

    Selections From the Collection of Dr. Donald Knaack.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# ANJR, PCGS# 10354)

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

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