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  • jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 30,367 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 30, 2022 5:27PM

    Souvenir token. May not even be gold

  • dunkleosteus430dunkleosteus430 Posts: 469 ✭✭✭✭

    I believe the red book says that any "California gold" coin with a bear on it is a modern replica.

    Young Numismatist

  • jonathanbjonathanb Posts: 3,339 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It is a genuine fantasy. No coin produced in the 1800s ever looked like that.

  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,015 ✭✭✭✭✭


  • OnastoneOnastone Posts: 3,680 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Really looks off to me.

  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,710 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I remember some of these tokens in 1/4 and 1/2 dated 1852 thru 1856, but do not know whether gold or not. Here is a website describing their creators and why.


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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is a souvenir token and not a U.S. coin... Likely not gold. Cheers, RickO

  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,037 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Woolworth’s used to sell them for $2 in the 1960s. “When you see a bear, beware.”

    Retired dealer and avid collector of U.S. type coins, 19th century presidential campaign medalets and selected medals. In recent years I have been working on a set of British coins - at least one coin from each king or queen who issued pieces that are collectible. I am also collecting at least one coin for each Roman emperor from Julius Caesar to ... ?

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