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Lot:3297 1850 Baldwin & Co. $5. K-2. Rarity-5. AU Details--Damaged, Cleaned (NGC).

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SBP2023年11月加州#3-瑰宝之夜

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1850 Baldwin & Co. $5. K-2. Rarity-5. AU Details--Damaged, Cleaned (NGC).A more affordable example of this rare California Gold Rush territorial issue, both sides offer vivid deep honey-gold color and virtually full razor sharp striking detail. The latter feature is particularly significant since most survivors of this type are softly defined as made, due to wear, or for both reasons. Wispy hairlines and a somewhat glossy texture point to mishandling, while several surface scrapes and rim bruises further explain the NGC qualifiers.<p>Beginning as jewelers and watchmakers in San Francisco, the firm of Baldwin & Company entered the private coining business on March 15, 1850, led by partners George C. Baldwin and Thomas S. Holman after taking over F.D. Kohler & Companys operations. It was not until May that Baldwin & Co. posted a notice advertising their assay, refining and coining business. In short order, Baldwin & Co. was producing prodigious quantities of $5 and $10 gold pieces. The dies were finely produced and were almost certainly the work of noted engraver Albert Kuner. By early 1851, the <em>San Francisco Herald</em> reported that Baldwin & Co.s output nearly matched that of the United States Assay Office of Gold.<p>The Baldwin & Co. $5 coin closely resembles the federal half eagle, but the firms 1850 $10 bears Kuners famed "Vaquero" obverse with a mounted cowboy swinging a lasso. In 1851, the firm added $20 gold pieces to their repertoire and circulation continued, with most merchants accepting the coins at par. This all came to a quick end when James King of William submitted samples of each denomination to Augustus Humbert for assay. Humbert reported that the Baldwin pieces were underweight: the $20 piece had $19.40 of gold, the $10 only $9.40, while the $5 coin fared better with a valuation of $4.91. Even though some weight discrepancies could reasonably be expected, the assay and the subsequent news reports had a deleterious effect on Baldwins business. Branded a "short-weight gold swindle," the pieces were driven from circulation, as businesses refused to accept them except at a steep discount. Although Baldwin tried to counter the accusations with a more favorable assay from Kohler, the damage had been done and on April 15, 1851, Baldwin closed up shop and left California on the steamship <em>Panama</em>. As a result of the constant denunciations, not only did almost all of the Baldwin & Co. coins end up in the melting pot, so too did most of the other private coiners products. Now, Baldwin & Co. coins are prized by numismatists who are attracted to pioneer California gold. Very few exist in any grade, confirming the significance of the present offering for the advanced collector.PCGS# 10025. NGC ID: ANHJ.

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