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BG- 522, 1853 California Gold Rush Circulating Fractional Gold $1, Liberty Octagonal PCGS AU50 R6+


Here’s an affordable example of quite a rare variety in the extensive circulating California Fractional Gold series. PCGS has graded 2 as AU50 with 15 finer. In total, PCGS has only graded 19 specimens of the BG-522, and the finest is MS62. Collectors Universe gives this variety a price of $2,850.00 in AU50.

The obverse presents the Liberty head facing left, surrounded by 8 stars. The reverse presents 1 DOLLAR 1853 within a beaded circle. There is a wide '53' in the date. Around the beaded circle at the rim is CALIFORNIA GOLD - DERI. 'DERI' is short for M. Deriberpie, a private engraver who had a shop at 58 Kearny Street in San Francisco. Heritage writes this is "The only collectible variety from Breen's obverse 7, since BG-521 is R.8."


Gold miners during the California Gold Rush. This piece was struck with gold from the Gold Rush. Photo: Wikipedia.


More Information
PCGS # 10499
BG Number 522
Grading Service PCGS
Year of Issue 1853
Grade AU50
Denom Type California Fractional Gold
Numeric Denomination $1
Mint Location Private Issue
Designation NONE
Circ/UnCirc Circulated
Strike Type Business
Holder Variety BG-522 Ex. William C. O'Conner Collection
Grade Add On NONE
Holder Type N/A

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