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    1852 Assay Office Fifty Dollar, AU50
    887 Thous., Kagin-13
    Ex:
    S.S. Central America

    1852 $50 Assay Office Fifty Dollar, 887 Thous. AU50 PCGS. K-13, Low R.5. Ex: S.S. Central America, SSCA 7040. With more than nine tons of gold aboard when the ship went down, the S.S. Central America littered the ocean bottom not only with gold coin, but with an amazing assortment of gold ingots and large quantities of gold dust. This popular U.S. Assay Office of Gold fifty dollar octagonal "ingot" was one of the recoveries. Similar in most respects to the Kagin-11 variety except for the outer obverse lettering, a new legend UNITED ASSAY OFFICE OF GOLD SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA replaced the previous AUGUST HUMBERT legend. The change signified U.S. Assay Office transition from Moffat & Co. to management under Curtis, Perry and Ward. Augustus Humbert stayed on as Assayer of Gold. This is a circulated example, its 887 Thous fineness showing wear at the margins and high points due in part to the soft gold and silver composition, since copper alloy was unavailable when minted. The coin edges are sharp with a only minor marks. Includes original Tommy Thompson-signed COA. Listed on page 404 of the 2021 Guide Book.
    From John's S.S. Central America Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# ANHG, PCGS# 10016)


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