Struck in .887 fineness under the authority of the United States Assay Office of Gold, Augustus Humbert assayer, the 1852 octagonal fifty dollar slugs are perhaps the most recognized numismatic artifacts of the historic Gold Rush era. The Reeded Edge fifties of this period were much easier to produce than the older Lettered Edge Humbert pieces. Accordingly, they were struck in large numbers and widely accepted throughout the region and in overseas trade. Easily recognized in their day, most examples were later turned in and melted for recoinage at the San Francisco Mint when that facility opened in 1854. The PCGS population stands at 13 with 15 higher. While not apparent in our images, this example is particularly flashy, due to lustrous, semi-prooflike obverse
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