One of the most popular Commemorative issues. Mintage of 100,058 coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of Illinois into the Union. Lincoln bust on obverse and state seal depicted on reverse. Single year issue with no D or S mints struck.
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.
This is a tremendously scarce small size star note, with just three known. Of the three, this note is the finest, with the other two grading Very Fine. An important opportunity for small size collectors.
Grade: Choice XF, Strike: 5/5, Surface Quality: 3/5 Fine Style (Light smoothing). Reverse of Salus seated at altar. A bold, precise strike and a portrait of truly amazing style. A remarkable sestertius.