HK-296, Wells Fargo Semicentennial 1902, Uncirculated with Original Box

HK-296, Wells Fargo Semicentennial 1902, Uncirculated with Original Box

1,099.00

One of the most famous So Called Dollars, as it celebrates an iconic Western “brand” name. Issued in 1902 to every employee of the Wells Fargo Co. who had been in service for at least one year, on the occasion of the Company’s Golden Anniversary. 40mm, struck in Silver. Neither edition of the H-K reference indicates who struck the medal, however Gorham of New York would be a natural probability, based upon the spectacular die work alone. This example, with the original case of issue, came from the Oakland, California family of the original awardee. Uncirculated, near Choice, while it shows no specific signs of having been cleaned (the color is entirely consistent with what these should look like if undisturbed for a Century), there are some light marks and “hairlines” for lack of a better term, which would likely limit a certified grade to MS-62. These are most likely due to light handling. The outside of the box shows some damage as shown - the major part of which appears to be due to contact with a liquid at some point (?). The hinge is intact and functional, and the interior satin is bright, original and problem free. Rated as an R-7 in both editions with the original box, I think that a bit overstated given the number which seem to have entered the market in the last five years. Regardless, this has always been a “feather” in the cap of a So Called Dollar collector, based upon its popularity and historical value.

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