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"Gold Rush" Souvenir Gold Tokens of the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

Category:  Token & Medals
Last Modified:  7/18/2020
Set Description
Miners, Indians, Cherubs, Man-in-the Moon, Runners, Dragons, Herons, and many other interesting gold token souvenirs from such places as California, Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, Oregon, Montana, Washington, and British Columbia

Set Goals
To collect these interesting, and largely uncatalogued*, small gold tokens as I find them

*No widely printed comprehensive reference catalog in existence of which I am aware

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Background United States California Gold Rush A bit of background on the California series (part of the Gold Rush series shown here)
Souvenir California Gold Tokens United States California Gold Rush Gold Various Various Vintage Tokens Souvenir California Gold Tokens Type Set (just for fun, I used a common Type Set Holder and included ten vintage California gold tokens)
Lot of Quarter-Dollar and Half-Dollar sized Indian Head Tokens United States California Gold Rush Gold 1853-Dated and 1854-Dated Indian Head I don't actually collect this variety of Indian Head token, but this came up as a Lot on ebay and I couldn't resist the toning on some of the pieces !!
View Coin 1852-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush TOKEN 1852-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN HEAD - WREATH OCTAGONAL (0.39g) NGC TOKEN MS 66 1852-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token
View Coin 1852-Dated Indian Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush TOKEN 1852-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN HEAD - WREATH NGC TOKEN MS 65 1852-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token
View Coin 1852-Dated Indian Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush TOKEN 1852-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN - WREATH TYPE (0.34g) OCTAGONAL NGC TOKEN MS 64 1852-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token
View Coin 1852-Dated Indian Head California Gold Token United States California Gold Rush TOKEN 1852-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN HEAD - WREATH OCTAGONAL (0.16g) NGC TOKEN MS 65 1852-Dated California Gold Token
1852-Dated California Gold Token United States California Gold Rush 1852-Dated Cali-fornia Gold Reverse 1852-Dated California Gold Token
View Coin 1852-Dated Indian Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush TOKEN 1852-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN - WREATH TYPE 0.22gm, OCTAGONAL NGC TOKEN MS 64 1852-Dated California Gold Token
1853-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush 1853-Dated Indian Head 1853-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token
1853-Dated California Indian-Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush 1853-Dated Indian Head 1853-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token
View Coin 1853-Dated Gold California Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush TOKEN 1853-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN - WREATH REV. 0.17gm, ROUND NGC TOKEN MS 66 1853-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token
View Coin 1853-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush TOKEN 1853-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN HEAD - WREATH ROUND (0.38g) NGC TOKEN MS 65 1853-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token
View Coin 1853-Dated Indian Head California Gold Token United States California Gold Rush TOKEN 1853-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN - WREATH, ROUND 0.25gm NGC TOKEN MS 65 1853-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token
View Coin 1872-Dated California Curly Haired Man Gold Token United States California Gold Rush CHARM 1872-DATED CAL GOLD ""CURLY HAIRED MAN"" (0.22g) OCTAGONAL NGC TOKEN UNC Details 1872-Dated California Curly Haired Man Gold Token
1872-Dated California Curly Haired Man gold token (stick pin) United States California Gold Rush Gold Quarter-Dollar Sized 1872 1872 Curly Haired Man charm attached to a stick pin and came with an antique box. This California Gold token is believed to have been struck in 1872 by Frontier & Belemere. It is made of solid low karat gold of about 14K fineness. Jay Roe claimed these tokens are 9K gold with plating of pure gold. Pin section is possibly gold plated. The pin measures 5.5 cm or about 2 1/8" long. The total weight of the charm and pin is .54 grams. The charm and pin are in nice condition. Piece is very attractive with vibrant gold color. Charm shows very mild wear and toning. The twist design pin is straight and very sturdy.

Token is catalogued by Mike Locke as an Octagonal 1872 Curly Haired Man 1/4. It is sometimes referred to as a Washington Head 1/4. This is a Type 1 small date with dot variety.

The jewelry box was issued by the William Stolz Company and dates from the early 20th century. Research shows this business was registered in 1903. The deep green box is printed with the maker's crest. It appears to be constructed of linen, hard paper and natural cotton.
View Coin 1872-Dated California Washington Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush CHARM 1872-DATED CAL GOLD WASHINGTON - OCTAGONAL (0.21g) NGC TOKEN MS 65 1872-Dated California Washington Head Gold Token (Hybrid of BG-724)
View Coin 1872-Dated California Washington Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush CHARM 1872-DATED CAL GOLD WASHINGTON - OCTAG, 0.28g NCS UNC Details 1872-Dated California Washington Head Gold Token (Ex-Mike Locke, Ex-Art Kagin) Maker: Frontier and Co.
View Coin 1872-Dated California Washington Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush CHARM 1872-DATED CAL GOLD WASHINGTON TYPE 1/4 OCTAG Hybrid with BG-724 0.22g NGC TOKEN MS 62 1872 Hybrid (BG-724) California Gold Washington Head 1/4 Dollar Token
View Coin 1872-Dated California Washington Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush Gold CHARM 1872-DATED CAL GOLD B-503 B-503 (0.16g) OCTAGONAL NGC TOKEN UNC Details B-503 1872-Dated Washington Head Gold Token
1875-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 1875-Dated HC-878-T1 1875-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token (HC-878-T1)
1875-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 1875-Dated HC-933-T1 1875-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token by Herman J. Brand (HC-933-T1)
1875-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 1875-Dated HC-933-T1 1875-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token by Herman J. Brand (HC-933-T1)
1875-Dated Indian Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush Half-Dollar sized 1875-Dated HC-933-T1 1875-Dated Half-Dollar sized octagonal gold token by Herman J. Brand (HC-933-T1)
View Coin 1875-Dated Indian Head Gold Token Hybrid UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G50C 1875 OCTAG INDIAN BG-933 HC-933-T1 NGC MS 64 1875-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token by Herman J. Brand (HC-933-T1, mislabeled by NGC as BG-933) Ex-Mike Locke
View Coin 1875-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush G50C 1875-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN - WREATH W/ STAR HC-933-T1 0.23gm NGC TOKEN MS 64 1875-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token (Ex-Jay Roe, Ex-Virgil Brand) Maker: Herman J. Brand, (HC-933-T1)
View Coin 1876-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C 1875 OCTAG INDIAN BG-781 NGC MS 64 1876-Dated California Gold Indian Head Gold Token (Mislabeled by NGC as BG-781)
View Coin 1876-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush TOKEN 1876-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN - WREATH - OCTAG 0.10g NGC TOKEN MS 67 1876-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token
View Coin 1876 California Liberty Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush 25C 1876-DATED CAL GOLD LIBERTY HEAD - WREATH 0.12gm, ROUND NGC TOKEN MS 65 1876-Dated Liberty Head California Gold Token (Maker: Herman J. Brand) Ex-Mike Locke
View Coin 1876-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush TOKEN 1876-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN - WREATH W/STAR (0.26g) ROUND NGC TOKEN MS 65 1876-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token (Maker: Herman J. Brand). HC-1038-T1
View Coin 1876-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 25C 1876-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN - WREATH - ROUND HC-1038-T1 (0.21g) NGC TOKEN MS 65 1876-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token by Herman J. Brand (HC-1038-T1)
View Coin 1879-Dated British Columbia Gold Dollar United States British Columbia Gold Rush $1 1879 CANADA BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLD (0.84g) NGC AU Details 1879-Dated British Columbia Gold Dollar Token
View Coin 1879-Dated British Columbia Gold Dollar United States British Columbia Gold Rush G$1 1879-DATED CANANDA BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLD (1.03g) NGC TOKEN MS 63 1879-Dated British Columbia "Miner" Gold Dollar Token
View Coin 1879-Dated British Columbia Gold Dollar United States British Columbia Gold Rush $1 1879-DATED CANADA BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLD NGC MS 64 1879-Dated British Columbia gold dollar token
1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 1880-Dated Indian Head 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token
1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 1880-Dated Indian Head 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token
View Coin 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 50C 1880-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN HEAD - WREATH 0.29gm, ROUND NGC TOKEN MS 63 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token
View Coin 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 50C 1880-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN - ""H"" REV ROUND 0.28gm NGC TOKEN MS 65 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token
View Coin 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush TOKEN 1880-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN - WREATH W/STAR 0.30g, ROUND NGC TOKEN MS 65 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token
1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 1880-Dated Indian Head 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token
1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 1880-Dated Indian Head 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token
View Coin 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 50C 1880-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN HEAD - WREATH 0.31gm, OCTAGONAL NGC TOKEN MS 63 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token
View Coin 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 50C 1880-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN HEAD - WREATH 0.34gm, OCTAGONAL NGC TOKEN MS 64 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token
View Coin 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 50C 1880-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN HEAD - WREATH 0.22gm, OCTAGONAL NGC TOKEN MS 64 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token
View Coin 1880-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush 25C 1880-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN - WREATH TYPE 0.17g, ROUND NGC TOKEN UNC Details 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token
View Coin 1880-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush 25C 1880-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN HEAD - WREATH 0.14gm, ROUND NGC TOKEN MS 63 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token
1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 1880-Dated Indian Head 1880-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token
1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 1880-Dated Indian Head 1880-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token
1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token United States California Gold Rush 1880-Dated HC-799Y-T1 1880-Dated California Gold Indian Head Token (HC-799Y-T1)
View Coin 1880-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token United States California Gold Rush 25C 1880-DATED CAL GOLD INDIAN - WREATH W/STAR (0.12g) ROUND NGC TOKEN MS 62 1880-Dated California Indian Head Gold Token (Fraction Error Reverse) Maker: Herman J. Brand
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