1851 Augustus Humbert $50, .887 THOUS. Reeded Edge
Lot 1393
1851 Augustus Humbert $50, .887 THOUS. Reeded Edge
K-6, R.4. After the appointment of Augustus Humbert as United States Assayer, the firm of Moffat & Co. included his name on the ingots and coins that it delivered. At this time, the company served as an officially sanctioned Assay Office for Gold Rush California. This is a visually impressive slug, as are they all, with rich green-gold coloration, and hints of red in some of the crevices of the design. Remaining detail is about average for the type, the obverse peripheral inscription discernible, and the eagle well detailed over all but the most central features. Scattered abrasions and heavy rim bruises are noted, but we stress that none of these distractions are overly out-of-context for a circulated gold coin of this size. A large counterstamp, "66?7 or 6687" is present at the center of the reverse. It was hastily impressed as the third digit or character is very low (a possible 8), and the first 6 is double struck. The origin and reason of this counterstamp is unknown to us at this time. A historically significant issue that enjoys unflagging collector demand in today's hobby. (PCGS 10214)
Sold for US$ 11,700 inc. premium
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1851 Augustus Humbert $50, .887 THOUS. Reeded Edge
K-6, R.4. After the appointment of Augustus Humbert as United States Assayer, the firm of Moffat & Co. included his name on the ingots and coins that it delivered. At this time, the company served as an officially sanctioned Assay Office for Gold Rush California. This is a visually impressive slug, as are they all, with rich green-gold coloration, and hints of red in some of the crevices of the design. Remaining detail is about average for the type, the obverse peripheral inscription discernible, and the eagle well detailed over all but the most central features. Scattered abrasions and heavy rim bruises are noted, but we stress that none of these distractions are overly out-of-context for a circulated gold coin of this size. A large counterstamp, "66?7 or 6687" is present at the center of the reverse. It was hastily impressed as the third digit or character is very low (a possible 8), and the first 6 is double struck. The origin and reason of this counterstamp is unknown to us at this time. A historically significant issue that enjoys unflagging collector demand in today's hobby. (PCGS 10214) Very Fine, edge marks
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