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

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
Date made
J.S. Ormsby
Physical Description
gold (overall material)
overall: 23 mm; 29/32 in
Place Made
United States: California
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Coins, Currency and Medals
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Harvey G. and Lawrence R. Stack
Publication title
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
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