Posted by Michael Schmidt on February 15, 2006 at 19:35:33:
In Reply to: 1855 - 20 dollar Sac. California gold posted by roger montgomery on February 15, 2006 at 14:04:50:
: I recently found a 1855 Sac. California $20 DOLLARS gold coin with press on front ( 1855 under press)underneath handles on press says smv .900 and on back says
: Blake AND Co. Assayers - With 20 in circle in middle.
: Jeweler has tested with machine and it is not gold, but gold plated and? ( silver? )Anybody have any ideals
They were part of a new car promotion in 1969/70 for the 1970 Gold Duster. They were handed out to anyone that came into the dealership to promote the car. Literally tens of thousands of them were given away and they are now the most frequently encountered fake California pioneer gold piece. With the possible exception of the boatload of fake California fractionals.
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