US Coins  :  Territorial, CSA & Shipwreck  :  Pioneer Gold Coinage

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    Lovely Assay $10

    1853 U.S Assay $10 PCGS AU55 (900 THOUS)

    $18,500.00
     

    Beautifully preserved and nicely struck .900 fineness ten dollar piece. Pleasing green-gold coloration touches the recesses, with bright medium-gold accents around the raised devices. Scattered light abrasions are seen throughout as is typical of Territorial gold pieces. Overall the eye appeal is quite strong!


    Rare Pioneer Gold

    C. Bechtler $5 PCGS AU55 (150 Grains, 20 Carat)

    $39,750.00
     

    This extremely rare Bechtler $5 was struck between 1831 and 1834 in North Carolina. This variety is K-15, which is listed as Rarity-7. Among the finest graded examples and a variety that is not often seen! The Bechtlers were prolific in their minting of private gold coins during the first U.S. gold rush in the 1830s. Their reputation, unlike some of the firms that came around in California, was impeccable, and even when the Federal mints at Dahlonega and Charlotte opened, the Bechtlers continued to strike coins that circulated along side their Federal counterparts. This series is among the first issues produced by the firm. The current PCGS Price Guide value is listed at $90,000. This is a major rarity in the Territorial or Pioneer series, a variety that is rarely offered in auction.


    Popular Shipwreck Restrike

    S.S. Central America:1855 Kellogg Restrike $50 PCGS Gem Uncirculated

    $6,250.00
     

    These 2.5 ounce gold coins were produced in commemoration of the S.S. Central America's voyage and unfortunate end in 1857. The California Historical Society went through great lengths to closely replicate the original Kellogg $50 proofs by creating dies transferred from the originals, using gold from Kellogg and Co. ingots found in the shipwreck, and striking them with a press from the San Francisco mint. An original Kellogg $50 proof would cost you the better part of $1 million. These replicas present a reasonable alternative.


    Popular Shipwreck Restrike

    S.S. Central America: 1855 Kellogg Restrike $50 PCGS Gem Proof

    $6,500.00
     

    These 2.5 ounce gold coins were produced in commemoration of the S.S. Central America's voyage and unfortunate end in 1857. The California Historical Society went through great lengths to closely replicate the original Kellogg $50 proofs by creating dies transferred from the originals, using gold from Kellogg and Co. ingots found in the shipwreck, and striking them with a press from the San Francisco mint. An original Kellogg $50 in gem condition is incredible rare. However, the uncirculated examples of the restrike are extremely scarce as a number disappeared with the original founder of the ship when he allegedly ran away from legal debts.