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IMMITATION SLUGS

The two main references for these pieces are T.J. Jankovskys reference guide: "So-called Slugs and Facsimiles" ; and The Bill Weber auction catalog from December 2008 held in Reno Nevada by Holabird-Kagin Americana. The slugs that I show here are only a fraction of what exists. For a copy of T.J. Jankovsky's reference guide, send an email to: coins@jankovsky.net. Also, Click Here for an NGC Article on $50 Slugs.

 

374) Listed as HK425A in the Jankovsky reference. Rare imitation gold slug from the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. It has sold for quite a bit of money, probably more than any other imitation slug. This one was from Stacks 2014 Americana auction lot #183. There was no example of this piece in the Bill Weber auction that I could find. Image Courtesy of Stack’s Bowers Galleries www.stacksbowers.com

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Panama Pacific International 1915 Exposition Imitation Gold Slug
 

375) Jankovsky #J213. Weber #5. Signed "C.G. Brinker S.F.". Has the small star embedded in the "5" of the 1850 date. The one shown here was originally from the 2008 Bill Weber auction. Very Rare. 40.5mm. Image Courtesy of Heritage Auctions www.ha.com

Reminiscences of California Souvenir Immitation Brinker Gold Slug
 

376) Jankovsky #J140. Weber #23 Type 1. Struck by Irvine & Jachens. There are 2 main varieties of this piece, one with a star embedded in the "5" of the 1850 date(probably minted after 1914), the other without the star(minted prior to 1913). There exists three die states of this earlier (prior to 1913) variety. The one shown here is from the earliest die state with no cracks. The piece shown below is the cracked third die state. Image Courtesy of Heritage Auctions www.ha.com

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Fifty Dollar Imitation Gold Slug Days of 49 Standing Miner in Stream
 

377) Jankovsky #J149. Weber #23 Type 3. Same piece as the one above, but this one shows the third and final die state before the dies were taken out of service. The main crack runs from the edge, through the "G" of Gold, just to the left of "F" of Of, through the "U" in the banner, and then down just to the left of the eagle's neck where it unites with another crack that comes down from the upper left. This is probably the Rarest of the three die states.

Fifty Dollar Imitation Gold Slug Days of 49 Standing Miner in Stream
 

378) Jankovsky #J630. Weber #32A. California State seal. This is the more common "pointed 4" variety where the left point of the four in "49" is pointed. Probably struck in the 1940s. Very Scarce.

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Fifty Dollar Imitation Gold Slug Eureka Souvenir Pioneer Days of 49
 

379) Jankovsky #J640. Weber #32B. Same piece as above but with a "blunt 4". The left point of the 4 in "49" is blunted. According to the Bill Weber auction catalog, this piece was struck before the pointed variety and is 5 Times Rarer than the pointed variety. Rare.

Fifty Dollar Imitation Gold Slug Eureka Souvenir Pioneer Days of 49
 

380) The same as 32A above, but this one has been enameled. I have only seen one other of these. It was enameled differently. A neat novelty. Very Rare enameled variety.

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Fifty Dollar Imitation Gold Slug Eureka Souvenir Pioneer Days of 49
 

381) Listed as "Exposition H&K Unlisted" on page 19 of the Jankovsky reference. A very rare variety that was not given a Weber number in the Weber auction, but can be found as lot #10402 in the catalog. Very Rare bordering on Extremely Rare. Evidently very few of these were made due to the misspelling of "Brinker" where an "S" was used in place of the "B". Very Rare bordering on Extremely Rare. Image Courtesy of Heritage Auctions www.ha.com

Panama Pacific 1915 Exposition Official Souvenir Imitation Gold Slug
 

382) Listed as "HK 424 Variety" on pages 16 and 17 of the Jankovsky reference. Weber #8. This piece is the same as HK424, but is signed "Irvine and Jachens S.F." instead of "C.G. Brinkers S.F.". This piece shows the same die roughness in the center of the PPIE logo as shown in the Weber auction catalog lot #10027. Rare bordering on Very Rare.

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Panama Pacific 1915 International Exposition Souvenir Imitation Gold Slug
 

383) Jankovsky #J906. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Thompson Restaurants in 1906. Very Scarce, but more difficult in nice Unc.

Fiftieth Anniversary Thompson Restaurants Imitation Gold Slug 1906
 

384) Jankovsky #J120. Weber #24. Similar to Weber 23 above, but with the miner kneeling at the stream instead of standing. This piece comes in both coin turn and medal turn varieties. All examples evidently come with a star embedded in the "5" of 1850. Rare.

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Fifty Dollar Imitation Gold Slug Days of 49 Kneeling Miner in Stream
 

385) Jankovsky #J130. Weber #25. Similar to Weber #24 above, but with no inscription and the addition of a shovel in the foreground of the miner scene. I have not seen many of these over the years. Very Rare.

Fifty Dollar Imitation Gold Slug Kneeling Miner in Stream with Shovel

 

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