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    1855 Wass, Molitor Fifty Dollar, AU Details
    K-9, Well-Respected Pioneer Gold Issue

    1855 $50 Wass Molitor Fifty Dollar -- Repaired -- PCGS Genuine. AU Details. K-9, R.5. In our opinion, this coin has the details of an AU specimen that has been repaired. The assaying and coining firm of Hungarian émigrés Samuel Wass and Agoston Molitor was established in October 1851. They produced five and ten dollar coins for circulation in 1852, and introduced twenty and fifty dollar coins in 1855. According to Don Kagin, "As the only round $50 gold pieces issued in California, they found acceptance elsewhere and circulated other parts of the United States."

    This example likely circulated for a short amount of time before being set aside. The orange-gold surfaces were smoothed at one point in an attempt to remove abrasions, which remain apparent on each side. This is an important Pioneer gold representative with strong definition. Listed on page 406 of the 2019 Guide Book.
    From The San Juan Collection.


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    December, 2018
    13th-14th Thursday-Friday
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