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    XF40 1855 Wass Molitor Ten, K-6, R.5

    1855 $10 Wass Molitor Ten Dollar XF40 PCGS. K-6, R.5. It would seem counterintuitive that the Wass Molitor coins of 1855 -- in denominations of 10, 20, and 50 dollars -- were produced and circulated in the year following the April 1854 opening of the U.S. Mint in San Francisco, but such was the case. Even after the official establishment opened, it suffered from sporadic shortages of the parting acids required to separate unrefined gold from its alloys.
    The S.M.V. on the reverse stands for "Standard Mint Value," a design similar to that first used by Dubosq & Co., whose coins were soon to be discredited in the James King of William-Augustus Humbert hubbub. The present XF40 Wass Molitor ten dollar displays a typical appearance, with sharper details on the obverse than reverse, particularly in the centers. Both sides show numerous abrasions of all sizes, mostly small, with a distinct greenish-gold cast that likely stems from silver alloy in the gold. Certified in a green-label holder.

    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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    Auction Dates
    Apr-May, 2011
    27th-1st Wednesday-Sunday
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