Coin Specifications

Category: Territorials
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.72g
AGW: 0.4837oz
Melt Value: $985.51 (8/7/2020)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
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1852 SMALL HEAD WASS, MOLITOR & CO. $10 MS obverse 1852 SMALL HEAD WASS, MOLITOR & CO. $10 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In 1852, Wass, Molitor and Co. struck five and ten-dollar pieces at their San Francisco assay office. The coins were meant to replace United States coinage, which was very scarce in the West at that time. Unfortunately, many ended up being melted and converted into Federal coinage. This attrition has made any piece from Wass, Molitor and Co. extremely rare and valuable today.

This particular variety of ten-dollar piece is interesting in the last digit in the date appears to have been drilled out and replaced. It is likely that the company planned on striking $10 coins in 1851, but they were unable to start production until the following year and had to alter their obverse die using a steel plug.

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Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1852 SMALL HEAD $10 WASS, MOLITOR & CO. MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 14
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 55

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1852 SMALL HEAD $10 WASS, MOLITOR & CO. MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---15123-2------------14
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Total---15123-2------------14
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 SMALL HEAD $10 WASS, MOLITOR & CO. MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3332813730421759226400682070147138731774317960842888493333333
3109534303892478560816540688470557197735576078116856888493333330
0000006540688470557197735576078116856888493333300
0000006680694970967257739377838272870888493333300
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