Spectacular Treasure Group
Large group of fused silver coins, 17 pieces. Visible pieces include 1830 Half Dollar, 1848 Half Dollar, an 1853 Arrows Quarter and other coins. (Total: 17 pieces). One of the most fascinating and spectacular lots in the present sale, offering a unique glimpse into the common pocket change of 1850s San Francisco.
Roughly 135 mm x 32 mm with silver-gray mingling with shades of green. The casual viewer may discern at least two Bust Halves, three Liberty Seated Halves, and an 1853 With Arrows quarter.
The rest of the pieces, those in the middle of this accretion or unidentifiable due to erosion, are undoubtedly half dollars (or four reales?) from their diameters. Just how these coins found their way into this nicely aligned but not perfectly stacked position is fodder for debate, though original storage in a money belt or small sack seems likely. Of the highest interest and historical value, an incredible grouping that would find its best home in an exhibit where it could be viewed by the public-might we suggest the Smithsonian Institution, the American Numismatic Association, or the American Numismatic Society? Of course, virtually any museum within the state of California would find it of commanding interest and importance as well. A very exciting offering!