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BG- 723, 1872 California Fractional Gold 25C, Washington Head NGC MS63 R6-


Here’s a choice specimen of a rare Frontier & Bellemere Washington Head Gold 25c Octagonal. What makes this variety unlike most other California Fractional Gold coins is that it presents the visage of George Washington upon it. The majority of Fractional Gold issues display the image of Lady Liberty or an Indian Head. There are only a handful of varieties in the entire vast series with the Washington head.

This is a rare piece, one that will be greatly cherished by its new owner. NGC has graded 8 in total. Of those, there are 2 in MS63 with one finer. PCGS has graded 6 as MS63 with 2 finer. Collectors Universe gives this dramatic variety a price of $3,600.00 in MS63. Please take a look at the images of this offering. The obverse has attractive honey gold coloration, while the reverse has a rich red patina. For more information about this rare variety, please see below.


Baldwin’s Hotel and Theater in San Francisco, circa 1870s. Image: Wikimedia Commons.



1872 Gold 25C Washington Head Octagonal, Low Rarity-6.

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

Obverse: 13 large stars around Washington head; a large 1872 is below the bust. Same as BG-722 repolished.

Reverse: 1 4 DOLLAR CAL. within a double bowed wreath which has 7 berries. One is above the D and one above the R.  There is a period after CAL.

EML 61; Burnie 80; Lee 39B; Doering 1B.

More Information
PCGS # 10550
BG Number 723
Grading Service NGC
Year of Issue 1872
Grade MS63
Denom Type California Fractional Gold
Numeric Denomination Gold 25C
Mint Location Private Issue
Designation NONE
Circ/UnCirc Uncirculated
Strike Type Business
Holder Variety BG-723
Grade Add On NONE
Holder Type N/A

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