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SERIES: California Fractional Gold
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1853 25C BG-101 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
10370
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Auction Record:
$4,700 • PCGS MS63 • 4-12-2013 • Holabird-Kagin Americana
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 75 R-8.2 407 / 580 TIE 407 / 580 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 358 / 580 TIE 358 / 580 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 43 / 580 TIE 43 / 580 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade

Jack Totheroh Collection - Holabird-Kagin Americana 4//2013:100, $4,700

2 MS63 PCGS grade
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade

Jack Totheroh Collection - Holabird-Kagin Americana 4//2013:100, $4,700

2 MS63 PCGS grade
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth:
Barry Sunshine, a collector of California Fractional Gold coins and a student of the series, has this to say about the BG-101:

BG-101 is an octagonal quarter dollar issued by the Joseph Brothers (they are believed to be the first firm to make California Fractional Gold coins according to Nathan Joseph’s statement made in 1924). The authors of the Breen-Gillio book also believed that this example was one of the first and they listed it accordingly as a BG-101. BG-101 is a Low Rarity 5 with about 75 known to exist. There are a good number of Mint Stateexamples that exist, so finding a Mint State example should not be difficult with some patience. Normally, BG-101 comes well struck except for the 8 in the date, where it is very weakly struck.