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1849 California half-eagle sized jeton or counter. Brass. Kagin-1var. Choice Mint State.

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1849 California half-eagle sized jeton or counter. Brass. Kagin-1var. Choice Mint State.

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1849 California half-eagle sized jeton or counter. Brass. Kagin-1var. Choice Mint State. Reeded edge. A beautiful example of this popular mid-19th century jeton or counter, probably intended for use as a gaming piece and likely struck in England in the early 1850s. The obverse presents a close copy of an 1849 half eagle, while the reverse shows a gentleman admiring a gold nugget the size of a loaf of bread, while his tools lay at his feet and two palm trees line the horizon. Several different die varieties are known of this type, and the vast majority of surviving specimens show substantial wear. This one is richly lustrous, with golden brassy surfaces and some richer golden toning at reverse periphery. The left obverse field is a bit mellowed, and dark area is present within the central obverse details, but the eye appeal is as nice as any I've seen. Commonly collected as an associated item in a territorial gold collection, California counters of various varieties and types were also gathered by John Ford. This example was one of two examples of this type he owned, representing different die varieties, and this one was the more attractive of the two by a significant margin. It brought $863 in the October 2007 Ford XXI sale as Lot 3256.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 30014009

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1849 California half-eagle sized jeton or counter. Brass. Kagin-1var. Choice Mint State. Reeded edge. A beautiful example of this popular mid-19th century jeton or counter, probably intended for use as a gaming piece and likely struck in England in the early 1850s. The obverse presents a close copy of an 1849 half eagle, while the reverse shows a gentleman admiring a gold nugget the size of a loaf of bread, while his tools lay at his feet and two palm trees line the horizon. Several different die varieties are known of this type, and the vast majority of surviving specimens show substantial wear. This one is richly lustrous, with golden brassy surfaces and some richer golden toning at reverse periphery. The left obverse field is a bit mellowed, and dark area is present within the central obverse details, but the eye appeal is as nice as any I've seen. Commonly collected as an associated item in a territorial gold collection, California counters of various varieties and types were also gathered by John Ford. This example was one of two examples of this type he owned, representing different die varieties, and this one was the more attractive of the two by a significant margin. It brought $863 in the October 2007 Ford XXI sale as Lot 3256.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 30014009

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