1852 WASS, MOLITOR & CO.
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American History Auctions, Inc.
Rounded Bust (illustrated above)
"About Uncirculated, cleaned" (illustrated above). Ex - Early American History
Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, June 9, 2001, Lot 1475, where it
was described as follows: "1852 Wass, Molitor & Company $5
Gold, About Uncirculated, cleaned. Small Head, Rounded
Bust, and (according to Breen) "Very Rare." This example
ranks among the finest known, as it has a full, even strike and the
details rival those on Breen's plate for his number 7922. Both sides
have been cleaned and the reverse has had some tooling done in the
area of the lowest arrowhead to remove some roughness there.
Nevertheless, this is an important coin not only for its rarity but
for its above-average condition."
Sources and/or recommended
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial
Coins" by Walter Breen
"Private Gold Coins and Patterns of the United States" by
Donald H. Kagin