Five Dollars, United States,1849 (California- J.S.Ormsby)

Description
Produced by J.S. Ormsby & Company in San Francisco, California. Obverse: J.S.O. in center. Reverse: 5/DOLLS surrounded by stars. The Ormsby operation got underway in the autumn of 1849. The venture was not a success. The coins that were struck were crude and not worth their face value in metal. Most of them were melted down in short order. Two denominations were struck, evidently by means of a sledgehammer. Five ten-dollar pieces are known from this company. This is the only five-dollar piece known.
Object Name
coin
Date made
1849
maker
J.S. Ormsby
Physical Description
gold (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 23 mm; 29/32 in
Place Made
United States: California
ID Number
1993.0531.0001
accession number
1993.0531
catalog number
1993.0531.0001
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Coins, Currency and Medals
Exhibition
Stories on Money
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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