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     Obverse of 1849 Mormon $2-1/2 Gold     Reverse of 1849 Mormon $2-1/2 Gold

1849 MORMON $2-1/2 DOLLARS


Circulation strikes: Unknown
Proofs: None

Engravers: John Moboun Kay and 
Robert L. Campbell


Metal Content:
Gold - 

Weight: grains or grams


Mintmark: None (Deseret Mint)

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries


Recent appearances:
"Extremely Fine 40" (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 1012, "cleaned...minor repair or tooling on the reverse...", unsold

The obverse abbreviation "G.S.L.C.P.G." stands for "Great Salt Lake City Pure Gold".  However, an assay of the various Mormon gold issues performed at the United States Mint in 1850 showed the coins to be underweight and debased.  The gold for these coins came not from Salt Lake City, nor anywhere else in Utah, but from the gold fields of California!

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Private Gold Coins And Patterns Of The United States" by Donald H. Kagin, PhD

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen