Expert Comments

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.

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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 300 R-6.4 552 / 580 TIE 552 / 580 TIE
All Grades 180 R-7.2 520 / 580 TIE 520 / 580 TIE
60 or Better 7 R-9.6 264 / 580 TIE 264 / 580 TIE

Condition Census

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