The Prospector Pioneer Gold Collection contains a variety of various Pioneer (Territorial) U.S. Gold coins from some of the many Gold Rush events of the 19th Century. With highlights from the Carolinas/Georgia, California, and Colorado Gold Rushes, these pieces were acquired with a focus on eye-appeal and value. While the Moffat $20 is the most affordable example that we can remember offering, the highlights are the two $50 Slugs from the San Francisco area. However, arguably the rarest and most under-rated is the Norris, Gregg, and Norris $5. The Reeded Edge variety is far scarcer than the Plain Edge, and it is truly under-appreciated in today’s numismatic world. With several other coins, all encapsulated by NGC and PCGS, we are pleased to offer this dynamic nine piece offering in this week’s auction.
All lots will begin closing at 8pm EST on Sunday, May 27th. Some of the more interesting highlights from this week's sale include:
- 1877 5c PCGS Proof 66 CAM
- 1893/2 10c PCGS MS65
- 1901-S 25c PCGS Good-6
- 1916 Standing Liberty 25c PCGS VG-10
- 1923 25c PCGS MS67 FH
- 1924-D 25c PCGS MS66 FH
- 1861 50c PCGS/CAC MS66
- 1879 50c PCGS MS66
- 1836 Gobrecht $1 PCGS Proof 62 (Name on Base, Original, Coin Alignment)
- 1870-CC $1 NGC AU55+
- 1878-CC $1 PCGS MS66+
- (1834-37) C. Bechtler $5 NGC AU58 140 GR, 20C (RUTHERFORD)
- 1852 U.S Assay Office $50 PCGS XF40 (887 THOUS)
- (1837-42) C. Bechtler G$1 NGC MS61 (N Reversed, 28G)
- 1860 Clark Gruber $2 1/2 NGC MS61
- 1851 Humbert $50 PCGS XF40 (Reeded Edge, 880 Thous, Kagin-5)
- 1853 Moffat $20 PCGS AU Details (Damage)
- 1849 Moffat $5 PCGS AU53
- 1849 Norris, Gregg, & Norris $5 NGC/CAC AU55 (Reeded Edge)
Our first highlight is an 1836 Gobrecht $1 PCGS Proof 62 (Name on Base, Original, Coin Alignment). A beautiful, highly attractive Gobrecht Dollar with near Cameo fields.
This week's second highlight is a 1923 25c PCGS MS67 FH. Satiny, lustrous surfaces. Tied with 5 others as the finest for the grade.
Our third auction highlight is an 1851 Humbert $50 PCGS XF40 (Reeded Edge, 880 Thous, Kagin-5). Long popular with collectors, these octagonal slugs are a unique offering from the California Gold Rush era. The beautiful design was struck before the U.S. Mint started conducting business in San Francisco at the Assay Office under the direction of Augustus Humbert and were widely circulated in California, even once official coins were produced.
The final highlight is an 1852 U.S Assay Office $50 PCGS XF40 (887 THOUS). A handsome example of this popular territorial gold issue. A particularly nice reverse with few marks or dents, this is a popular piece from the early part of the California Gold Rush. Perhaps 200 or so of these survived, mostly with substantial problems, these were struck before the United States government could officially begin operations in San Francisco.
Of course there are many other highlights, so be sure to browse all lots in this exciting new sale before it closes on Sunday, May 27th.
If you have any questions about coins in our auctions, or items for direct purchase, please call us at 800-776-0560, or send an email and we will get back to you immediately.
Thanks for browsing our inventory and participating in our auction!
The David Lawrence Numismatic Team