14 December 2000
Kellogg & Humbert
$315.16 Gold Ingot
Fascinating "as found" with coins!
Incredible Multi-Item Display
Kellogg & Humbert, San Francisco. Gold ingot. · No. 914. · $315.16. · 900 Fine. · 16.94 Ounces. (CAGB-685). WITH ATTACHED COINS as recovered from the ship. A cluster which in itself is a treasure display.
Attached by mineral deposits to several gold coins, mostly double eagles but also including at least two territorial issues. The fabulous Dubosq & Co. $10 rarity offered in this sale was loose with this cluster and was lifted from it when the cluster was brought aboard the recovery vessel. As the serial number of this ingot is part of a sequence recovered from the S.S. Central America, it seems likely that this group was in a pouch or separate container included along with the main treasure.
Approximate dimensions of the bar are 42 mm. x 52 mm. x 14 mm. The face is inscribed NO. 914 16.94 OZ. 900 FINE $315.16. The right edge is marked KELLOGG & HUMBERT, with the remaining edges blank. The reverse is not visible, due to the attached coins and mineral deposits. Two corners are missing for assay. Total weight of the mass is 32.65 ounces, yielding 15.71 ounces for the additional gold coins and other mineral deposits.
This suggests a face value in the neighborhood of $290. Our best count suggests 23 additional coins, mostly eagles and double eagles.
We do note two Augustus Humbert $10 gold coins, including an 1852 1 variety with the characteristic die crack prominently visible. Net gold weight for the ingot alone 15.25 ounces with a value of $20.67 per ounce.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
Alastair Smart profiles the life and work of the Pre-Raphaelite artist described by Burne-Jones as ‘the best of us all’ — illustrated with works offered in July
The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale totals £128,081,750, with works by Picasso and a record-breaking Franz Marc painting also achieving top prices