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2010 Clark Gruber Sesquicentennial "Pioneer" GOLD, 1 troy oz 999, Satin Finish, REEDED Edge, 48 Minted

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Item Number: GR_10_2010_GS2

2010 is the 150th anniversary of the first Clark Gruber & Co coins. A popular slogan at the time of the Colorado Gold Rush was "Pike's Peak or Bust". In 1860-1861, Denver-based Clark Gruber & Co produced high-quality gold coins that circulated alongside regular US coinage. A few years later the US government bought out the private Clark Gruber mint and eventually converted the operation into the official US Denver Mint in 1906.

In an ironic twist, in 2001 the US Mint sold a surplus coin press which became the core asset of the private Moonlight Mint (which obtained the coin press in 2007 and restored it in 2008). This Clark Gruber 150th anniversary piece was struck in Colorado using gold refined in Colorado, on this former Denver Mint coin press. The obverse pyramid-shaped mountain design is based on the original Clark Gruber pattern coins. Additional design, engraving, and minting by Moonlight Mint and Daniel Carr. Gold refining and blank production by David Emslie.

Size: 34.0mm
Composition: 999+ Pure Gold
Weight: 1 Troy Oz. (31.1 grams)
Edge: Reeded
Finish: Satin
Final Mintage: 48.

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