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California Gold Rush: Gold Coins of the 1850s

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Paper money did not exist and was prohibited by California's constitution, in 1849. During the California Gold Rush, there were different forms of currency, such as: coins from other countries, gold dust, gold nuggets and gold slugs casted by individuals.

Octagonal 50 Dollar Gold Slug, 1851

National Museum of American History

United States, Five Dollars, 1854-S

National Museum of American History

10 Dollar Miners Bank Coin, 1849

National Museum of American History

Gold

NMNH - Mineral Sciences Dept.

$5 gold coin, Norris, Gregg & Norris

National Museum of American History