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1851 $50 RE Humbert 887 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
10214
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Gold
Auction Record:
$500,000 • PR63 • 3-1-1980 • Bowers & Ruddy
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Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

Reed Hawn Collection - Stack’s 10/1993:1173, $21,000 - Klamath Mountain Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5621, $440,625 - Heritage 1/2016:5720, $381,875

1 MS62 PCGS grade

Riverboat Collection - Heritage 4/2014:5418, $223,250 - Stack’s Bowers 5/2015:105, not sold

1 MS62 PCGS grade  
1 MS62 estimated grade  

Charles G. Wright Family Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5482, $176,250

5 MS61 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade

Reed Hawn Collection - Stack’s 10/1993:1173, $21,000 - Klamath Mountain Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5621, $440,625 - Heritage 1/2016:5720, $381,875

1 MS62 PCGS grade

Riverboat Collection - Heritage 4/2014:5418, $223,250 - Stack’s Bowers 5/2015:105, not sold

1 MS62 PCGS grade  
1 MS62 estimated grade  

Charles G. Wright Family Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5482, $176,250

5 MS61 PCGS grade  
6 MS60 PCGS grade  

Superior 10/1989:5537, $36,300

7 AU58 PCGS grade  

Riverboat Collection - Heritage 4/2014:5417, $99,875

7 AU58 PCGS grade  
7 AU58 estimated grade  

Goldbergs 9/2006:2561, $132,250

7 AU58 estimated grade  

Pacific Rim Collection - Heritage 8/2007:2112, $86,250

Ron Guth: The $50 gold pieces issued by the United States Assay Office of Gold in San Francisco in the early 1850's were not actually coins per se.  Rather, they were called "ingots" at the time; today, we know them as "Slugs."  Their real value, besides that stated on their face, was in standardizing the jumble of over-valued, underweight, and off-purity private issues prevalent at the time.  Nowadays, the $50 slugs are among the most popular of all California gold pieces.

High-grade examples are very difficult to locate.  Because of their high intrinsic value, the large majority of them have been melted down over the years.  Those that entered circulation were subject to all the injuries that a heavy gold coin might receive, especially bumps and bruises on the corners.  Because of their high numismatic value, many have been repaired or otherwise "improved" over the years.  Finding an example with original "skin" and that crusty, old-gold look is well-nigh impossible.  In our search for coins for the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census, we've come across a few (these all refer to the 1851 $5 Humbert Reeded Edge, 887 THOUS variety).  In 2016, an NGC MS65 was offered for sale at a fixed price of $625,000.  In January 2017k, a PCGS MS63 example sold for $352,500.  An NGC MS63 example sold for $176,250 inm 2014.  A PCGS MS62 example sold for $223,250 in 2014, then failed to sell when it reappeared in 2015.  At least four or five additonal, lower-level Unc. examples are known.