1851 $50 Humbert Reeded Edge .887 PCGS XF45 CAC

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The Humbert $50 coin is unusual in nearly every possible way: it was issued by the U.S. government, but not by a mint. It has eight sides. Its obverse is a pattern rather than an image. The eagle is very different from any that came after it.

This unusual coin came about because of the California Gold Rush, which caused large quantities of gold dust and gold nuggets to flood the local market. Without a way to mint the gold, though, commerce became difficult (how much gold exactly is a “pinch” of gold dust?).

An assay office opened and stepped in to fill the gap, producing, among other things, $50 “slugs.” If you’re looking for an unusual addition to your collection, or simply a fascinating nugget of Gold Rush history, the Humbert $50 is an unbeatable choice.

 

 

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