Five Dollars (Massachusetts and California Co.), United States, 1849

Probably produced by the Massachusetts & California Company's mint in Northampton, Massachusetts. Obverse: Shield with vaquero (cowboy) throwing lasso, bear and stag supporters. Reverse: Denomination within wreath, date below. The Massachusetts & California Company shipped coining equipment to California in the spring of 1849. The shipment was lost, but it appears that a few coins such as this one were produced as samples in Massachusetts, reminders of a project that never came to fruition.
Object Name
Date made
Massachusetts and California Co.
Physical Description
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
overall: 22.6 mm; 7/8 in
Place Made
United States: Massachusetts, Northampton
United States: California
place of issue
United States: California
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catalog number
accession number
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Government Transfer: US DOTT, USM
Related Publication
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
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