1853 50C BG-435 Arms of Calif MS (PCGS# 10471)

The March 2011 Baltimore Auction

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1853 Round 50 Cents. BG-435. Rarity-5-. Arms of California. MS-63 (PCGS). Not particularly rare as a variety, BG-435 does enjoy far greater demand from a wide collector base than the extant population can support. This fact is attributable to the fact that this variety is perhaps the most famous in the entire California Fractional series. A fully Choice example, both sides of this piece exhibit&nbsp;mirrored reflectivity shining forth form richly patinated, mostly khaki-gold surfaces. A few splashes of sandy-rose tinting are confined to the reverse. The plate coin in the 2003 edition of the Breen-Gillio reference on Fractional Gold, and also pedigreed to the famous Virgil Brand and Jay Roe collections.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;This is the only use of both the obverse and reverse dies in this series.
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