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California Pioneer Fractional Gold

Category:  Token & Medals
Last Modified:  4/27/2021
Set Description
During the California Gold Rush, the lack of circulating coins was dramatic. Doing business using only gold dust was difficult and often times inconsistent. As the government was not able to produce sufficient coins for circulation, private jewelers began making small coins of gold in the denominations of 25 cents, 50 cents and 1 dollar. These small gold pieces were soon to be declared illegal by the US Secret Service, but continued to circulate for a number of years. (Primary reference: California Pioneer Fractional Gold (Historic Gold Rush Small Change 1852-1857 And Suppressed Jewelers' Issues 1858-1882), Breen and Gillio, Second Edition, 2003)

Set Goals
To collect these little pieces of early California as they come available...

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Breen and Gillio Reference Materials United States California Gold Rush 1983 and 2003 The Breen and Gillio "California Pioneer Fractional Gold" (2003) and their First Edition in 1983 are good reference materials for the California Fractional Gold series
BG-102 United States California Gold Rush Gold Quarter-Dollar 1853 BG-102 BG-102, Maker: Frontier, Deviercy and Company (1853-1864 - successors to Joseph Brothers in minting business), Low Rarity 4
BG-105 United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar 1854 BG-105 BG-105
Maker: Frontier, Deviercy and Co. (1853-64)
Rarity - 3
View Coin BG-106 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C 1855/4 OCTAG LIBERTY BG-106 NGC UNC Details BG-106
Maker: Frontier, Deviercy and Co. (1853-64)
Rarity - 3
BG-108 United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar 1854 BG-108 BG-108
Maker: Antoine Louis Nouizillet (1852-1858)
Rarity - L4
BG-111 United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar 1856 BG-111 BG-111
Maker: Antoine Louis Nouizillet (1852-1858)
Rarity - 3
BG-206 United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar No Date BG-206 BG-206
Maker: Joseph Brothers (1852-53)
Rarity - H4
View Coin BG-221 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C (1853) ROUND LIBERTY BG-221 BG-221 NGC MS 63 BG-221, Maker: Antoine Louis Nouizillet (1852-58), Rarity 3
BG-222 United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar No Date BG-222 BG-222
Maker: Antoine Louis Nouizillet (1852-58)
Rarity - 3
BG-223 United States California Gold Rush Quarter-Dollar No Date BG-223 BG-223, Maker: Antoine Louis Nouizillet (1852-1858), Low Rarity 4
BG-224 United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar No Date BG-224 BG-224
Maker: Antoine Louis Nouizillet (1852-58)
Rarity - 3
View Coin BG-226 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C 1855 ROUND LIBERTY BG-226 NGC MS 61 BG-226
Maker: Antoine Louis Nouizillet (1852-58)
Rarity - 5
View Coin BG-226A UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C 1855 ROUND LIBERTY BG-226A NGC MS 63 BG-226A
Maker: Antoine Louis Nouizillet (1852-58)
Rarity - 5
BG-230 United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar 1856 BG-230 BG-230
Maker: Antoine Louis Nouizillet (1852-58)
Rarity - L4
BG-302 United States California Gold Rush 1/2 Dollar 1853 BG-302 BG-302
Maker: Frontier, Deviercy and Co. (1853-64)
Rarity - L4
View Coin BG-302 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G50C 1853 OCTAG LIBERTY BG-302 BG-302 NGC AU Details BG-302, Maker: Frontier, Deviercy and Company (1853-1864), Low Rarity 4 (Peacock Reverse)
BG-307 United States California Gold Rush 1/2 Dollar 1856 BG-307 BG-307
Maker: Frontier, Deviercy and Co. (1853-64)
Rarity - H5
View Coin BG-311 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G50C 1856 OCTAG LIBERTY BG-311 NGC UNC Details BG-311, Maker: Antoine Louis Nouizillet (1852-1858), Rarity 4 (nicely toned)
View Coin BG-409 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G50C 1853/2 ROUND LIBERTY BG-409 NGC MS 61 BG-409
Maker: Deriberpie and Nouizillet (San Francisco 1852-1854)
Rarity - 3
View Coin BG-421 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G50C 1853 ROUND LIBERTY BG-421 NGC MS 64 BG-421
Maker: M. Deriberpie (1852-54)
Rarity - 4
View Coin BG-428 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G50C 1853 ROUND LIBERTY BG-428 NGC MS 61 BG-428
Maker: Antoine Louis Nouizillet (1852-58)
Rarity - 3
View Coin BG-430 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G50C 1853 ROUND LIBERTY BG-430 NGC MS 62 BG-430
Maker: Antoine Louis Nouizillet (1852-58)
Rarity - 3
View Coin BG-501 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G$1 (1853) OCTAG LIBERTY BG-501 NGC XF Details (BG-501) 1853 Octagonal Dollar, Maker: Frontier, Deviercy and Co., Low Rarity 5 (Humbert Eagle)
View Coin BG-530 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G$1 1853 OCTAG LIBERTY BG-530 NGC UNC Details (BG-530) Octagonal Dollar, Maker: Antoine Louis Nouizillet (1852-1858), Rarity 2
View Coin BG-717 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C 1871 OCTAG LIBERTY BG-720 NGC MS 65 BG-717 (Mislabeled by NGC as a BG-720)
Maker: Frontier, Deviercy and Co. (1853-64)
Rarity - 3
BG-728 United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar 1873 BG-728 BG-728
Maker: Frontier and Bellemere (1871-72, 1875)
Rarity - 3
BG-737 United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar 1866 BG-737 BG-737
Maker: Robert B. Gray and Co. (1858-71)
Rarity - 5
BG-742 United States California Gold Rush Gold Twenty Five Cents 1867 BG-742 BG-742 Octagonal Quarter-Dollar by Robert B. Gray and Co. (1860-70), Low Rarity 7 (highly toned)
BG-746 United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar 1868 BG-746 BG-746
Maker: Robert B. Gray and Co. (1858-71)
Rarity - H4
View Coin BG-752 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C 1870 OCTAG LIBERTY BG-752 NGC MS 61 BG-752
Maker: Robert B. Gray and Co. (1858-71)
Rarity - L5
View Coin BG-763 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C 1870 OCTAG LIBERTY BG-763 NGC MS 61 PL BG-763
Maker: Robert B. Gray and Co. (1858-71)
Low Rarity 4
BG-765 United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar 1871 BG-765 BG-765
Maker: Robert B. Gray and Co. (1858-71)
Rarity - 3
View Coin BG-767 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C 1871 OCTAG LIBERTY BG-767 BG-767 NGC MS 63 DPL BG-767 1871 Octagonal quarter-dollar by Robert B. Gray and Company (Rarity 3)
BG-772 United States California Gold Rush Gold Quarter-Dollar 1873 BG-772 BG-772 Liberty Head (small) by Herman J. Brand, High Rarity 6
View Coin BG-789 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C 1870 OCTAG LIBERTY BG-789 NGC UNC Details BG-789
Maker: Unknown Maker "C"
Rarity - 4
BG-790 United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar 1872/1 BG-790 (BG-790) Octagonal Quarter-Dollar by Christoph Ferdinand Mohrig (Rarity 3)
View Coin BG-791 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C 1872 OCTAG INDIAN BG-791 NGC MS 64 BG-791
Maker: Christoph Ferdinand Mohrig
Rarity - 3
View Coin BG-791 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C 1872 OCTAG INDIAN BG-791 NGC MS 62 BG-791
Maker: Christoph Ferdinand Mohrig
Rarity - 3
View Coin BG-795 UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C 1874 OCTAG INDIAN BG-795 NGC UNC Details BG-795
Maker: Christoph Ferdinand Mohrig
Rarity - 3
BG-796 United States California Gold Rush Gold Quarter-Dollar 1875 (BG-796) Maker: Christoph Ferdinand Mohrig, Rarity 5
BG-797 United States California Gold Rush Gold Quarter-Dollar 1875 BG-797 BG-797, Maker: Christoph Ferdinand Mohrig, Low Rarity 4
BG-799 United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar 1876 BG-799 BG-799
Maker: Christoph Ferdinand Mohrig
Rarity - 4
View Coin BG-799 C UNITED STATES California Gold Rush Gold G25C 1876 OCTAG INDIAN BG-799C BG-799C NGC MS 63 PL BG-799C Christoph Ferdinand Mohrig octagonal 1876-dated quarter-dollar (PL)
View Coin BG-799 J UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C 1880 OCTAG INDIAN BG-799J NGC MS 62 BG-799J
Maker: Christoph Ferdinand Mohrig
Rarity - 3
View Coin BG-799 L UNITED STATES California Gold Rush Gold G25C 1880 OCTAG INDIAN BG-799L BG-799 L NGC MS 62 BG-799 L, Maker: Christoph Ferdinand Mohrig, High Rarity 5
BG-799 O United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar 1881 Indian Head BG-799 O BG-799 O
Maker: Christoph Ferdinand Mohrig
Rarity - 4
BG-799 X United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar 1880 Indian Head BG-799X BG-799 X
Maker: F.H. Noble, Chicago
Rarity - 3
View Coin BG-799Y UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C 1880 OCTAG INDIAN BG-799Y NGC UNC Details BG-799Y
Maker: F.H.Noble (Chicago)
Rarity H4
View Coin BG-799Z UNITED STATES California Gold Rush G25C 1881 OCTAG LIBERTY BG-799Z BG-799Z NGC AU Details BG-799Z, Maker: Unknown Maker D, High Rarity 7 (By the maker of octagonal half-dollar BG-964 and similar charms reading 1/4 Cal-Gold, to comply with the Private Coinages Act)
BG-799 CC United States California Gold Rush 1/4 Dollar 1882 Indian Head BG-799CC BG-799 CC
Maker: Nast, Greenzweig and Co.
Rarity - 6
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