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1851 San Fran State of California $20 provenance?

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Just purchased this 1851 State of California $20 Gilt. I cant find any prior reference for it other than Heritage auctions 2018 and 2020.

Since it appears to be unique in Gilt, I am hoping someone can help me find more of its provenance.





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   You might want to post this inquiry on the U.S./Foreign/Ancient Coins forum instead of the Marketplace forum, which is for coins being offered for sale.

   All I know about these apparently privately issued patterns is that a set of them in silver ($2.50, $5, $10 and $20) was sold as a set as lot 371 of the famous Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. collection for a total of $27,500 on May 20, 1996.  The narrative in the catalog states that "they are known in silver, copper, and white metal, but not in gold," so your gilt specimen was presumably discovered later.

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