Coin Specifications

Category: Territorials
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1420.49 (11/18/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 LARGE HEAD WASS, MOLITOR & CO. $20 MS obverse 1855 LARGE HEAD WASS, MOLITOR & CO. $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

After their first run of five and ten-dollar coins in 1852, Wass, Molitor and Co. halted their production of coinage with the hopes that the San Francisco Mint would finally begin striking the amount of gold coinage required for commerce. Unfortunately, this was not the case. In fact, due to a lack of necessary assaying supplies, the mint closed its doors in 1855.

This closure once again put strain on the few gold coins currently in circulation,and local bankers convinced Wass and Molitor to begin striking coins again. While no further five-dollar pieces were struck, ten, twenty, and fifty dollar coins were issued.

The $20 coins struck by Wass and Molitor are often found well circulated, indicating that they were well-received in the course of normal commerce. As was the case with the 1852 issues, many likely ended up being melted and converted into Federal coinage. The Large Head examples are far scarcer than those coins of the Small Head variety.

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1855 LARGE HEAD $20 WASS, MOLITOR & CO. MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - 570000 680000 - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC Registry Score 1855 LARGE HEAD $20 WASS, MOLITOR & CO. MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3336394935654577568559923493979502965697561022610653110473333333
3121540715471694880238784928894329553968999121036810784110473333330
0000008784928894329553968999121036810784110473333300
00000090099342946796049722100691051010915110473333300
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