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Some legendary coins represent the passionate<br />quest for gold on the American frontier.
Prospector looking for gold during the California Rush. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
Prospector looking for gold during the California Rush. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

AMERICA’S GOLDEN HERITAGE


Gold has always claimed our admiration and our attention. The color of the sun, gold suggests life and immortality, emerging from the rock and the riverbed as shiny as the day it was created. It proclaims status, prestige, and wealth. For the first century and a half of its history, the United States minted and circulated gold coins. Although they have not been seen in circulation since the 1930s, gold coins remain highly prized by collectors.

Quarter Eagle Struck from California Gold, 1848

LEGENDS FROM GOLD


Americans generally associate gold with the West, and especially with California.  But there were earlier gold rushes in the East, and some famous coins resulted. They, and their successors from the West, have become legends.  Some had unique designs, while others copied existing federal coins.  All bear markings of their frontier origins. 
Golden Legends The following objects are in this section.
Templeton Reid, 10 Dollars, 1830United States, 5 Dollars, 1838Oregon Exchange Company, 5 Dollars, 1849Clark, Gruber & Co., 20 Dollars, 1860
Templeton Reid, 5 Dollars, 1830United States, 2 1/2 Dollars, 1848U.S. Assay Office, 50 Dollars, 1851 
Templeton Reid, 2 1/2 Dollars, 1830United States, 20 Dollars, 1849 (Pattern)Kellogg & Co., 50 Dollars, 1855 
Bechtlers, 5 Dollars, 1834Oregon Exchange Company, 10 Dollars, 1849United States, 50 Dollars, 1877 (Pattern) 
 
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