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

1852 50C BG-401 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS62

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
10437
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Other
Auction Record:
$4,250 • NGC Invalid Grade • 3-5-2018 • eBay
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 300 R-6.4 552 / 580 TIE 552 / 580 TIE
60 or Better 180 R-7.2 520 / 580 TIE 520 / 580 TIE
65 or Better 7 R-9.6 264 / 580 TIE 264 / 580 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 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-401:

BG-401 is a round half dollar and is believed to be one of the earliest California Fractional Gold coins made. BG-401 is a Rarity 3 with about 300 to 400 known to exist. Finding a high grade example is not very difficult. Researchers believe that the jeweler, Joseph Brothers, deliberately made it look very similar to a U.S. Type One Gold Dollar so that it would be more acceptable in circulation.