1939 Golden-Gate International Exposition. Gold-Dollar Size (Charbneau) Dollar. Gold. 12 mm. HK-488. Rarity-8. MS-64 (NGC). A satiny medium gold example with the appearance of an even higher grade. With the majority of examples produced melted after the close of the Golden Gate International Exposition, these Charbneau dollars are quite rare today. This is one of the loveliest examples to have ever appeared in one of our auctions, and is highly recommended for inclusion in a specialized collection.These pieces were designed and issued by Jules Charbneau, a fine arts appraiser and dealer in San Francisco. He produced 2,500 gold impressions dated 1939 and 1940, as well as 500 silver examples and 50 pieces in copper. The original sales price for the gold pieces was $5, which was apparently too steep for most exhibition attendees and virtually the entire mintage was eventually melted as unsold. From the Richard Jewell Collection.