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1852 50C BG-401 (Regular Strike)

Series: California Fractional Gold

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS #:
10437
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Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 300 R-6.4 552 / 580 TIE 552 / 580 TIE
60 or Better 180 R-7.2 520 / 580 TIE 520 / 580 TIE
65 or Better 7 R-9.6 264 / 580 TIE 264 / 580 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 300
60 or Better 180
65 or Better 7
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.4
60 or Better R-7.2
65 or Better R-9.6
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 552 / 580 TIE
60 or Better 520 / 580 TIE
65 or Better 264 / 580 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 552 / 580 TIE
60 or Better 520 / 580 TIE
65 or Better 264 / 580 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Barry Sunshine, a collector of California Fractional Gold coins and a student of the series, has this to say about the BG-401:

BG-401 is a round half dollar and is believed to be one of the earliest California Fractional Gold coins made. BG-401 is a Rarity 3 with about 300 to 400 known to exist. Finding a high grade example is not very difficult. Researchers believe that the jeweler, Joseph Brothers, deliberately made it look very similar to a U.S. Type One Gold Dollar so that it would be more acceptable in circulation.