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Rare, Historic, Beautiful, Condition Census Quality 1852 United States Assay Office of Gold $50

Rare, Historic, Beautiful, Condition Census Quality 1852 United States Assay Office of Gold $50

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

This week’s highlight from our Rarities Night Session of our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo is a lovely 1852 United States Assay Office of Gold $50. Always popular and fascinating for numismatists, these “slugs” or ingots are impressive in both size and heft (weighing nearly 2.5 ounces), and are a tangible link to this historically important era. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Historic 1853 United States Assay Office $20 Gold of the 884 Thous Variety

Historic 1853 United States Assay Office $20 Gold of the 884 Thous Variety

By James Matthews, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director, U.S. Coins

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present a splendid 1853 U.S. Assay Office of Gold $20, 884 Thous variety in our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo, June 23-28, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland. This example, from the incredible El Dorado Collection, is a significant rarity in all grades, with perhaps a dozen or so known. The offered specimen is graded AU-58 by PCGS. The color is dazzling, copper-rose enhanced by underlying mint flash. 

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Sparkling, Lustrous Choice AU 1851 Humbert $50 Realizes $138,000 In The Official March Baltimore Auction

Sparkling, Lustrous Choice AU 1851 Humbert $50 Realizes $138,000 In The Official March Baltimore Auction

By James Matthews, Senior Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. Coins

Among the many important highlights from our recent March Baltimore Auction that I had the privilege of cataloging is lot 4235, the beautiful 1851 Augustus Humbert $50 gold of the Lettered Edge, 50 D C, 880 Thous, No 50 on Reverse variety certified AU-55 by PCGS. The coin saw spirited bidding and, when the gavel finally fell, achieved an impressive prices realized of $138,000.
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