A Pair of Kellogg & CO. $20’s NGC MS60 and NGC MS61

No Cereal

John Grover Kellogg was one of the most respected assayers and coiners in San Francisco during the Gold Rush. He was involved in many of the preeminent refining operations of the period, partnering with the likes of John Moffat, G.F. Richter, and Augustus Humbert from 1849 through 1860. In 1854, these $20 gold pieces served a vital role in commerce during the time between the closure of the United State Assay Office and the full operation of the San Francisco Mint, which opened in April of that year.

1854 NGC 60 Offered at $25,875 delivered

1855 NGC 61 Offered at $30,475 delivered

Pair Price $55,000

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1854 T-1 Gold Dollar NGC MS67

Tied for Highest Graded

The mintage for the 1854 gold dollar was not as large as the preceding three P-mint gold dollar deliveries; however, it was still a respectable 855,502 pieces. It’s not surprising, therefore, that this issue remains popular among type collectors who desire an attractive representative of James Longacre’s Type One design. While the average collector would happily settle for an MS64 or MS65 example, gold specialists who pride themselves on unrivaled numismatic beauty should go for this beauty. The NGC population is just 10 with none higher.

Offered at $12,900 delivered

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1854 Large Date Liberty Double Eagle PCGS/CAC AU58

Large One (Date)

Much scarcer than its Small Date counterpart, the Large Date 1854 double eagle continues to gain popularity among collectors as one of the premier Type One varieties in the series. It is a considerable condition rarity as well as an absolutely scarce variety, represented by only a small fraction of the total 1854 mintage of 757,899 pieces. This particular example exhibits an especially wholesome appearance. The PCGS population is just 15 with 8 higher.

Offered at $18,975 delivered

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1854 Gold Dollar PCGS MS65

Gem Type II

Gold dollar type collectors will find the short-lived Type Two design to be the most difficult to acquire. Of the six issues struck with the Small Head, Indian Princess dies, only the 1854 and 1855 are viable options for most type purposes and neither is particularly plentiful in high grade. Both the 1854 and 1855 issues are prone to strike weakness as a result of the high-relief design, frequently accompanied by the clash marks that are prevalent on representatives of the type.

Offered at $23,625 delivered

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1854 Kellogg & Co. $20 NGC AU58

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The United States Assay Office of Gold ceased coinage operations at the end of 1853, making way for the opening of the San Francisco Mint in 1854. The new branch mint was unable to start coining immediately, with needed improvements to the facility taking precedence. As usual, the West Coast was in dire need of gold coinage, so the private firm of Kellogg & Company filled the void by striking twenty dollar gold pieces in February, 1854. The coinage was readily accepted in commerce, since both John G. Kellogg and G.F. Richter were former employees of the U.S. Assay Office. The coin offered here looks noticeably more lustrous and eye-appealing in hand.

Offered at $18,975 delivered

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1854 Arrows Seated Quarter PCGS MS65+

Gem Two Year Type Rep

In 1853, the weight of the quarter dollar was reduced from 6.68 gm to 6.22 gm, and the reduction was noted on the coins by the addition of arrows on each side of the date and a burst of rays in the reverse fields around the eagle. The rays were removed for 1854 coinage, but the arrows remained at the date until 1856. The With Arrows, No Rays type was coined at Philadelphia and New Orleans in 1854 and 1855, and at San Francisco in 1855. The 1854 Philadelphia issue is the most plentiful of these, coming from a mintage of more than 12.3 million coins. Nonetheless, Gem examples are scarce, and finer pieces are rarely offered. We expect to receive multiple orders for this coin, based on our asking price. So don’t say we didn’t warn you to hurry up and buy it!  Listed at $13,500 in the PCGS price guide.

Offered at $6,850 delivered

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1854 Small Date $20 NGC AU-58 Mint Error Obverse Strike Through

Twenty Dollar gold pieces have long been popular with collectors with Type 1 pieces such as the one being presented today the most sought after. On top of this coin being in impressive AU-58 condition, it is a mint error. Of all metal types, gold coins are the hardest to locate with errors. The one day has a strike through meaning the coin was minted with a foreign substance interfering with the minting process.

Offered at $4,950 delivered

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1854 Kellogg & Co. $20 NGC AU58

The California economy suffered from an acute shortage of coinage after the United States Assay Office closed in late 1853, until the San Francisco Mint began coinage operations on a large scale in 1854. Even after the Mint was officially established, shortages sometimes limited production, putting extreme pressure on the small supply of coinage available to meet the needs of the burgeoning economy. To fill the gap, John G. Kellogg partnered first with G. F. Richter in late 1853 and 1854, then with Augustus Humbert in late 1854 and 1855 to produce twenty dollar gold pieces, filling the gap of production between the closure of the U.S. Assay Office and the start-up of the new San Francisco Mint. NGC has graded only 131 pieces for all grades combined. Listed at $24,200 in the CDN CPG and $21,200 in the NGC price guide.

Offered at $18,500 delivered

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