1855 Wass-Molitor $10 NGC AU58

Very Rare Borderline Unc.

The San Francisco Mint opened in 1854, but it was a cramped facility that also lacked sufficient parting acids to strike satisfactory quantities of .900 fine gold coins. West Coast commerce required a steady supply of freshly coined bullion, and since the official mint was not yet up to speed, two private minters stepped in to fill the gap. Kellogg & Co. produced twenty-dollar pieces only, while Wass Molitor & Co. produced ten, twenty, and fifty-dollar coins.
These necessity issues imitated Federal designs of their respective denominations, with the exception of the fifty dollar piece, which was more reminiscent of the Federal gold dollar. The ten-dollar piece featured a small, relatively close date with the final digit repaired on the obverse die with a circular plug. The minting activities of both Kellogg & Co. and Wass Molitor ceased once the San Francisco Mint was able to resume gold production. The NGC population is just 3 with three higher, none better than MS61.

Offered at $32,990 delivered

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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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1855 Gold Dollar PCGS MS66

Gem and Then Some

The gold dollar was introduced in 1849, authorized by the same legislation that created the double eagle in the wake of gold discoveries in California. Gold dollars weighed just 1.672 gm and had a diameter of 13 mm, making them even smaller than the three cent silver pieces that would be issued a couple of years later. In 1854, the Mint increased the diameter to 15 mm by thinning the planchet. James B. Longacre redesigned coin to mark the change and adapt the motifs for a thinner planchet. The Type Two design replaced the standard Liberty Head obverse with an Indian Princess bust, and the wreath on the reverse was exchanged for the one designed for the new three dollar gold pieces. However, the new design did not strike up fully on such a thin planchet, and in 1856, the obverse Liberty portrait was replaced with a lower-relief alternative that was similar to the design of the three dollar gold piece.

Offered at $47,400 delivered

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