1853 50c Arms of California  BG-435 PCGS MS64
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1853 50c Arms of California BG-435 PCGS MS64

The BG-435 is one of the classic delicacies of California fractional gold, featuring the Arms of California on the obverse, complete with seated Columbia (garbed as Minerva) holding a shield and spear, a handsome California grizzly bear (now extinct, apparently) feeding on grapes, and an ocean and mountains in the background. The reverse is even more iconic, a miniature version of the Humbert Eagle design from the eponymous octagonal fifty dollar gold pieces.

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