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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 28, July 9, 2006, Article 20

ANR OFFERS PIONEER GOLD COIN DIES

According to the company's press release, the August 11 auction
by American Numismatic Rarities will include "a pair of previously
unpublished dies for territorial coins struck in Colorado. The
obverse die for the J.J. Conway $5, Kagin-2a, has been discovered
and will be offered for the very first time. Coins from this die
are known and recorded, and while the matching reverse die is in
the collection of the Colorado Historical Society, this die has
remained in private hands and has never before been seen by most
numismatists.

Perhaps even more exciting is a previously unknown die for a $5
coin to be struck by P. & R.R. Smith & Co, Col. Ter., a reference
to the Colorado Territory. It apparently matches a maverick 1862-dated
Liberty Head obverse die now in the collection of the Colorado
Historical Society. This unique artifact represents the sole
connection to the apparently ill-fated Smith coining plan and is
one of the most important discoveries ever made in the field of
Colorado numismatics or territorial gold in general"

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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