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U.S. Assay Office, 50 Dollars, 1851


This unusually shaped slug was both a method of transferring gold from one place to another and also a form of currency.


The gold used to produce this slug was claimed to be .887 thousandths pure, with the remaining .13 thousandths being other metals including silver and copper.


The abbreviation "dolls" (for dollars) was less common than a simple "D.," or the word written entirely out.


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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