Finest Known

1856 California Fractional Gold .50 Cent BG#311 PCGS MS68+ PL FINEST KNOWN


1856 50c BG311 PCGS MS68+PL (Finest Known)

  • Design Engraved by Antoine Louis Nouizillet, San Francisco Jeweler
  • Obverse; Small head, three lowest curls pointed, 13 stars
  • Reverse; 1856 date, 4 pairs of berries on each branch
  • Low Rarity 4

Part of the finest group of its kind in history, this 1856 gold 50 cent coin (BG-311), now graded PCGS MS68+PL, was among 112 California fractional gold pieces recovered from the fabled “Ship of Gold,” the SS Central America.