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California "Miner" Gold Tokens by Herman J. Brand

Category:  Token & Medals
Last Modified:  1/31/2021
Set Description
A set of small, gold tokens made by Herman J. Brand in the 1880's in San Francisco, California. Brand was one of many jewelers in and around San Francisco in the 1880's who were engaged in producing small gold tokens for sale to visitors to the area. The U.S. Secret Service was active in stopping this practice as many of these "tokens" were being circulated as coinage. Brand ceased production of his Indian Head design and moved to a Miner design to avoid Secret Service prosecution; it didn't work until 1884 when the Secret Service finally gave in and allowed the production of tokens (thus beginning the token series now known as Arms of California). A much more comprehensive discussion of Brand's minting activities in the 1880's can be found in "California Pioneer Fractional Gold" by Walter Breen and Ronald Gillio (Second Edition, March 2003, pages 99-116).

Set Goals
Complete a representative set of Herman J. Brand's Miner Tokens

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Background United States California Gold Rush A bit of background on the California Miner token series made by Herman J. Brand
View Coin 1883 Octagonal Quarter-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token United States California Gold Rush G25C 1883-DATED CAL GOLD MINER W/ PICK - Q REV Brand Miner oct 1/4 TY-1 obv TY-1 rev 0.13g, OCTAGONAL NGC TOKEN MS 66 1883 Octagonal Gold Quarter-Dollar sized Miner Token by Herman J. Brand
View Coin 1883 Octagonal Quarter-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token UNITED STATES California Gold Rush Gold CHARM 1883-DATED CAL. GOLD MINER WITH PICK, "Q" OCTAGONAL, 9.2mm NGC UNC Details 1883 Quarter-Dollar sized octagonal California gold token by Herman J. Brand ("Q" reverse)
View Coin 1883 Octagonal Quarter-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token United States California Gold Rush CHARM 1883-DATED CAL GOLD MINER W/ PICK, ""Q"" REV. Brand Miner oct 1/4 TY-1 obv TY-1 rev 0.11gm, OCTAGONAL NGC TOKEN MS 65 1883 Herman J. Brand Octagonal Quarter-Dollar sized gold Miner token
1883 Octagonal Quarter-Dollar Sized Gold Miner Token United States California Gold Rush 1883 Brand Miner oct 1/4 TY-2 obv, TY-1 rev 1883 Octagonal Gold Quarter-Dollar sized Miner token by Herman J. Brand
View Coin 1883 Octagonal Quarter-Dollar-Sized Miner Token (Rare Cal-Gold Reverse) UNITED STATES California Gold Rush CHARM 1883-DATED CAL. GOLD MINER WITH PICK, "Q" ROUND, 9.7mm Brand Miner oct 1/4 TY-1 obv TY-2 rev NGC MS 65 1883 Octagonal Quarter-Dollar sized gold token with the rare "Cal-Gold" reverse
View Coin 1883 Octagonal Quarter-Dollar-sized old Miner TokenG United States California Gold Rush CHARM 1883-DATED CAL GOLD MINER W/PICK ""Q"" REVERSE Brand Miner oct 1/4 TY-1 obv TY-1 rev 0.14gm NGC TOKEN MS 63 1883 Octagonal 1/4-dollar sized gold token by Herman J. Brand (Miner with Pickaxe)
View Coin 1883 Round Quarter-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token United States California Gold Rush G25C 1883-DATED CAL GOLD MINER W/ PICK, Q REV Brand Miner rd 1/4 TY-1 obv, TY-1 rev 0.15g, ROUND NGC TOKEN MS 66 1883 Round Quarter-Dollar sized gold Miner token by Herman J. Brand
View Coin 1883 Round Quarter-Dollar Sized Gold Miner Token United States California Gold Rush Gold CHARM 1883-DATED CAL GOLD MINER W/PICK - ""Q"" REV. Brand Miner rd 1/4 TY-1 obv, TY-1 rev 0.15gm, ROUND NGC TOKEN MS 66 1883 Round Quarter-Dollar sized California Gold Miner Token by Herman J. Brand ("Q" Reverse)
View Coin 1883 Round Quarter-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token United States California Gold Rush CHARM 1883-DATED CAL GOLD MINER W/PICK, ""Q"" REV. Brand Miner rd 1/4 TY-1 obv, TY-1 rev (0.14g) ROUND NGC TOKEN MS 64 1883 Round Quarter-Dollar sized gold Miner token by Herman J. Brand
View Coin 1883 Round Quarter-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token United States California Gold Rush CHARM 1883-DATED CAL GOLD MINER W/PICK, ""Q"" REV. Brand Miner rd 1/4 TY-1 obv, TY-1 rev 0.16gm, ROUND NGC TOKEN MS 65 1883 Round Gold Quarter-Dollar sized Miner token by Herman J. Brand
View Coin 1883 Round Quarter-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token United States California Gold Rush CHARM 1883-DATED CAL GOLD MINER W/PICK, Q REVERSE Brand Miner rd 1/4 TY-1 obv, TY-1 rev .14g NGC TOKEN MS 63 1883 Round Gold Quarter-Dollar-Sized Miner Token by Herman J. Brand
1883 Round Quarter-Dollar Sized Gold Miner Token (Cal-Gold Reverse) United States California Gold Rush Gold Quarter-Dollar Sized 1883 Brand Miner 1/4 rd TY-1 obv, TY-2 rev Herman J. Brand 1883 Round "Gold Miner with Pick" Quarter-Dollar sized round token by Herman J. Brand (rare "Cal-Gold" reverse with 1/4 over 1/2 error)
View Coin 1883 Round Quarter-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token UNITED STATES California Gold Rush Gold CHARM 1883-DATED CAL. GOLD MINER WITH PICK, "Q" ROUND, 9.7mm NGC MS 64 1883 Round Quarter-Dollar-Sized California Gold Miner Token by Herman J. Brand
View Coin 1883 Round Quarter-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token UNITED STATES California Gold Rush Gold CHARM 1883-DATED CAL. GOLD MINER WITH PICK, "Q" ROUND, 9.7mm NGC MS 61 1883 Quarter-Dollar sized gold Miner token
View Coin 1883 Octagonal Half-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token United States California Gold Rush CHARM 1883-DATED CAL GOLD MINER W/PICK ""H""REV OCTAG Brand Miner 1/2 oct TY-1 obv, TY-1 rev 0.29gm NGC TOKEN MS 63 1883 Octagonal Gold Half-Dollar sized Miner Token by Herman J. Brand (Ex-Mike Locke)
1883 Octagonal Half-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token United States California Gold Rush Half-Dollar sized 1883 Brand Miner 1/2 oct TY-1 obv, TY-1 rev 1883 Octagonal Half-Dollar Sized California Gold Miner token by Herman J. Brand
View Coin 1883 Octagonal Half-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token UNITED STATES California Gold Rush Gold CHARM 1883-DATED CAL. GOLD MINER WITH PICK, "H" OCTAGONAL, 11.2mm The Storck Collection NGC MS 64 1883 Half-Dollar sized gold Miner with Pick Axe token by Herman J. Brand
View Coin 1883 Round Half-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token United States California Gold Rush CHARM 1883-DATED CAL GOLD MINER W/PICK ""H""REV ROUND Brand Miner 1/2 rd TY-1 obv, TY-1 rev 0.28gm NGC TOKEN MS 65 1883 Round Gold Half-Dollar sized Miner token by Herman J. Brand
View Coin 1883 Round Half-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token United States California Gold Rush TOKEN 1883-DATED CAL GOLD MINER W/PICK - ""H"" REV Brand Miner 1/2 rd TY-1 obv, TY-1 rev 0.29g, ROUND NGC TOKEN MS 64 1883 Round Gold Half-Dollar sized Miner Token by Herman J. Brand
1883 Round Half-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token United States California Gold Rush Gold Half-Dollar sized 1883 Miner with Pick 1883 Herman J. Brand Half-Dollar sized Miner with Pickax gold token
View Coin 1884 Octagonal Half-Dollar-Sized Gold Miner Token United States California Gold Rush CHARM 1884-DATED CAL GOLD MINER W/PICK ""H""REV OCTAG Brand Miner 1/2 oct 1/2 TY-2 obv, TY-1 rev (1884) 0.24gm NGC TOKEN MS 64 1884 Gold Half-Dollar sized Miner Token by Herman J. Brand

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