Scarce, first year of Capped Bust design. This particular variety has always been fascinating as the engraver began to enter the denomination as a quarter and discovered his mistake a bit too late and attempted to correct it. A neat piece of history on this popular issue.
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 example is accompanied by its handsome presentation case and heavy-duty diorama display layered in rich violet velour. The set also comes with a unique screwdriver for mounting and removing the coin from the frame, a richly illustrated book describing the coin and the doomed voyage of the S.S. Central America, and a Certificate of Authenticity from the California Historical Society.