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BG- 722, 1872 California Fractional Gold 25C, Washington Head Octagonal NGC MS64 R4-


Here is an interesting offering of a Frontier & Bellemere Gold 25c Washington Head Octagonal. What makes this variety distinct from the vast majority of California Fractional Gold coins is that it presents the head of George Washington upon the obverse. Most Fractional Gold varieties carry the image of Lady Liberty or an Indian Head. There are only three varieties in the entire series (BG-722 through BG-724) that feature the Washington head. Numismatists who collect California Fractional Gold by Red Book varieties commonly choose the BG-722, for the other two are quite rare. This is an enduringly popular variety.


Only three California Fractional Gold varieties have the image of George Washington. This specimen from AUCM, the BG-722, is the most affordable option for collectors. Image: Wikipedia.

NGC has graded 6 as MS64 with 16 finer. The obverse has a large head of George Washington facing left, within a circle of 13 well-formed stars. The large date 1872 is below. The reverse has a wreath with no berries open at the top and tied below with a ribbon. Above is ‘1/4’ with ‘DOLLAR’ and ‘CAL’ below. This is an attractive piece with a dramatic look, one that would be an exciting addition to your collection.



1871 Gold 25C Washington Head Octagonal, Low Rarity-4.

  • Period Two – Jeweler’s issues struck between 1859 and 1882.
  • Redbook Type: Washington Head 1872 / Value & CAL in Wreath.
  • RedBook Collectors Sequence: RB-012
  • Made by Frontier & Bellemere.


Obverse: 13 large stars around Washington head; a large 1872 is below the bust.

Reverse: 1 4 DOLLAR CAL within a double bowed wreath which has no berries.

More Information
PCGS # 10549
BG Number 722
Grading Service NGC
Year of Issue 1872
Grade MS64
Denom Type California Fractional Gold
Numeric Denomination Gold 25C
Mint Location Private Issue
Designation NONE
Circ/UnCirc Uncirculated
Strike Type Business
Holder Variety BG-722
Grade Add On NONE
Holder Type N/A

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