NGC-graded California Gold Energizes Heritage US Coins Auction in October
Posted on 9/24/2018
Two NGC-certified California gold "slugs" from the 1850s are bringing excitement to Heritage Auctions' US Coins Signature Auction in Chicago on October 11.
|1855 Kellogg $50, graded NGC PF 63
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An 1855 Kellogg $50, graded NGC PF 63, is among the finest-graded of the 12-15 known survivors of an original mintage thought to number about two dozen.
Kellogg & Co. produced $20 gold "slugs" in 1854 and 1855 as the new San Francisco branch mint was still gaining its footing. It is unlikely the Kellogg $50 pieces were created for circulation, but rather to prove the company could produce the same kind of pieces a competitor was minting.
1851 Humbert 887 With "50" $50 Click images to enlarge.
Meanwhile, another Gold Rush era rarity, an 1851 Humbert 887 With "50" $50, graded NGC MS 63★, is the finest-known example of this particular version of the octagonal ingots produced by US Assayer Augustus Humbert just a few years earlier.
Other NGC-graded highlights in Heritage Auctions' US Coins Signature Auction in Chicago include:
- Lot 3038 - an 1873-CC Arrows Quarter, graded NGC AU 55;
- Lot 3070 - a 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar, graded NGC VF Details;
- Lot 3137 - an 1895 Morgan Dollar, graded NGC PF 62;
- Lot 3179 - an 1864-S $10, graded NGC AU 55;
- Lot 3196 - an 1854 Large Date $20, graded NGC MS 64.
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