With all the Gold discovered during the California Gold Rush in 1848, there was an immediate need for assayers, refiners and minters to turn the naturally discovered Gold into a consistent form for use by the local population.
- "880" Reeded Variety.
- Contains 2.99 oz of .880 fine Gold.
- Graded Mint State 61 by NGC.
- Obverse: Depicts an eagle surmounting a rock, with its wings partially spread holding a shield. The text "United States of America" and" 880 Thous" surround the design, along with the date and face value.
- Reverse: A "Target" type of design.
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Augustus Humbert was a watch case maker in New York City, appointed as an assayer for the United States Assay Office. The Assay Office, which was a provisional U.S. government minting facility, was created to accommodate the Gold miners in California until the government could formally establish an official mint.
This $50 Gold piece was widely accepted by banks and merchants and the wear on this extremely rare coin is a testament to that fact. Although this large heavy Gold coin was known as a "slug," a "quintuple eagle" or a "five-eagle piece," the technical name for this item is an "ingot." All Humbert Gold pieces are extremely rare and this circulated piece is no exception.