1853 50C BG-302 "Peacock" MS63

CERTIFICATION#: 60013400
PCGS#: 10422

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: BG-302 is a small California Fractional Gold coin that has been nick-named the "Peacock" reverse because of the rays that fan out behind the eagle, similar to the way a peacock displays his tail feathers when attempting to attract a mate.  In reality, the bird on the back of the BG-302 is an eagle, perched on a single arrow, its tail feathers dangling downward, with rays of glory behind.

This reverse was also used on BG-303, and these are the only appearances of this die. 

Listed as a Low Rarity-4 (approximately 150-200 known), this is a popular variety because of the unusual design type on the reverse.  PCGS has certified over 100 examples as of August 2012, consistent with the BG rarity rating.  Mint State survivors are fairly plentiful, usually in MS-62 to MS-63, and the best examples seen by PCGS include two Gem MS65s.

Diameter: N/A Designer: N/A Edge: N/A
Mintage: N/A Weight: N/A Metal Content: Other

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 175 R-7.2 515 / 580 TIE 515 / 580 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 464 / 580 TIE 464 / 580 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 129 / 580 TIE 129 / 580 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  

American Numismatic Rarities "Classics Sale" 7/2003:933, $4,370

3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade