1850 $10 California Restrike - Baldwin "Horseman" Brass Issue NGC MS64

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2741543001
There are only TWO specimens traced in Brass. The present example and a highly unusual brockage error. 

Variety - Kagin 1d
Metal - Brass
Weight - 133 grains
Diameter - 27mm
Edge - Plain
NGC Grade - Token, Choice Extremely Fine 45
NGC Certification Serial number - 3109392-001
NGC Census - 2 coins. One regular issue specimen in Brass (this coin). The other is a unique brockage error. 
Provenance - The Robert Bass Collection, The Finest Collection of Pioneer Patterns Ever Assembled.
During the early stages of the California Gold Rush, George Baldwin & Thomas Holman minted gold coins privately after billing themselves as the successor to Frederick Kohler, the new California Assayer. After acquiring Kohler's minting equipment and dies, Baldwin made $5, $10 and $20 gold pieces starting sometime in mid-to-late 1850. 

The 1850 Baldwin $10 issue featuring the vaquero, or horseman, was an original design created by Albert Kuner (his tiny signature appears on the obverse) while employed by Kohler but later brought into full production by Baldwin. This design, however, was so popular that sometime around the 20th century similar dies were created and used to strike specimens in a variety of different metals and then again in 2002 when several ingots recovered from the S.S. Central America were melted and made into $10 proof "49er Horseman" commemorative coins.
Modern researchers believe these coins were struck from copy dies in the period between 1906-1910, and possibly by Stephen Nagy, because of the popularity of the distinctive "Horseman" design. While the coins were undoubtedly struck in this time frame, Adams may be correct in his proclamation around the year 1912 that the dies were prepared much earlier by Albert Kuner, who engraved the dies for the original Baldwin issue. This would account for all of these "Restrikes" showing evidence of moderate to extensive die rust.

The present Brass Restrike is unique as a regular strike, but there is a brass brockage error variety known as well.
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Grading Service NGC
Denomination Type California Gold
Numeric Denomination $10
Grade MS64
Mint Location Private Issue
Designation NONE
Circulated/UnCirculated Uncirculated
Strike Type Business
Holder Variety Baldwin 'Restrike' - Brass K-1d
Grade Add On NONE
Holder Type N/A
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