1853 50C BG-435 Arms of Calif MS (PCGS# 10471)
The March 2011 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 7278
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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 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 /> This is the only use of both the obverse and reverse dies in this series.