1853 California Gold Rush Circulating Fractional Gold 50C, BG-408 Liberty Round PCGS MS63 R6


Deriberpie is listed as an engraver in J.M. Parker’s San Francisco Directory for 1852-53, published December 1852, his only appearance in the city directories. His address is given as 58 Kearny St., the same building as manufacturing jeweler Antoine Louis Nouizillet. (Originally the name was de Riberpe, after a place in France; Regiment de Riberpe is mentioned in 1659.) The D.N. series must represent a partnership between Deriberpie and Nouizillet not noted in the city directories, or subsumed under “Nouizillet & Co.” However, their use of Joseph Brothers’ dies and hubs suggests that perhaps they were made for them by Joseph Brothers—or was it the other way around? 


1853 Gold 50C Liberty Head Round, initials DN on obverse. Rarity-6.

  • Period One - circulating issues between 1852 and 1856.
  • Redbook Type - Small Liberty Head initials DN / Date in Wreath Value below HALF.
  • Made by Deriberpie & Nouizillet.

Obverse: 13 stars around a narrow head; 1st star to left of bust point, 13th star below bust point; D.N. below bust. Same as BG-407

Reverse: HALF D. CALIFORNIA GOLD. outside of wreath; 1853 within the wreath. The 3 has a flat top; and the top of the bow is concave; there are 3 berries on each branch, inside left and outside right.

CCJ 9; EML 16 (reported); Burnie 27; Lee 8A; D 328.

Note: “DN” are the initials for Deriberpe & Nouizillet in a partnership that broke up when Deriberpe went to the gold fields.


More Information
PCGS # 10444
BG Number 408
Grading Service PCGS
Grade MS63
Denomination Type California Fractional Gold
Numeric Denomination Gold 50C
Mint Location Private Issue
Designation NONE
Circ/UnCirc Uncirculated
Strike Type Business
Holder Variety BG-408
Grade Add On NONE
Holder Type N/A

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