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 Posted 08/10/2017  08:34 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add phantom0223 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This is a 10mm gold coin. It has seven stars and a Liberty Head. The back reads 1/4 dollar 1871 with a wreath. Weighs between .15 and .2 grams or 0.005 troy ounces.

Any additional information on this coin (i.e. where it's from, etc.) would be so helpful! Thanks!



Updated with correct information - thanks
Edited by phantom0223
08/10/2017 12:53 pm
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 Posted 08/10/2017  09:10 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add smauggie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just poking around the internet I found this:

Issued by Frontier & Bellemere, a Jewelry firm that produced California Fractional Gold Tokens from 1871 until 1875. This item has a rarity rating of R.3 with about 200-500 known.

http://www.apmex.com/product/58600/...d-ms-64-PCGS
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 Posted 08/10/2017  09:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add phantom0223 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you so much for your input - we thought maybe California - but the seven stars thing has us confused. Thank you again!
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 Posted 08/10/2017  09:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add phantom0223 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Oh forgot to mention coin acid tests gold as well - thanks again everyone
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 Posted 08/10/2017  7:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Loruca to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Uh-oh... Please don't tell me you acid tested the coin. Coin+ Acid test= NO-NO.
Loruca
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 Posted 08/11/2017  02:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add man2004 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
NGC has published very useful information regarding California gold. There are a lot of back dated pieces floating around. Please see the links below.

https://www.NGCcoin.com/coin-explor...old-pscid-84
https://www.NGCcoin.com/news/articl...tional-Gold/
https://www.NGCcoin.com/census/unit...e-states/84/
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 Posted 08/11/2017  07:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add phantom0223 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you so much for you help in identifying this little coin - we really appreciate it! :) (We did acid test the coin but not on the coin, on the testing block - no acid was placed on the coin). Thanks again!
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 Posted 08/11/2017  08:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thq to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It looks like BG-813 to me.

http://m.PCGScoinfacts.com/Coin/Rarity/10674

You need to send it to a grading service like PCGS to find out for sure.
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 Posted 08/11/2017  09:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BStrauss3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:

Thank you so much for you help in identifying this little coin - we really appreciate it! :) (We did acid test the coin but not on the coin, on the testing block - no acid was placed on the coin). Thanks again!


NO NO NO NO

That STILL means you scratched the edge of the coin on the abrasive block for the test.

NEVER again. PLEASE. If they don't have an XRF gun to test the metal non-destructively DO NOT LET THEM NEAR THE COIN.
-----Burton
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 Posted 08/11/2017  1:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add phantom0223 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you all, again, so very much. This coin website is fabulous and such a blessing to help with researching a piece. Thanks!
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