US Baldwin Horseman 10 Dollar Gold (Fakes are possible)  1850 to 1857
US Baldwin Horseman 10 Dollar Gold (Fakes are possible) 1850 to 1857

All sorts of unusual gold coinage sprung up as a result of the famous California gold rush of 1849. One of the most famous coins to come out of this era is the Horseman (Vacquero) design by Baldwin and Company of San Francisco. It is an amazing coin and one that deserves special mention.

Genuine, original Baldwin Horsemen are extremely valuable. The coin catalogs quote values such as $60000 US dollars in average circulated condition and $95000 in well preserved condition. A publicized example in uncirculated condition realized $195000 in a Goldberg Auction.

Two things happen with wildly valuable coins: (1) they are counterfeited and (2) they are legally copied.

The image to the left is a crude cast replica of a Baldwin Horseman. As a counterfeit, it is worth zero. You might find one in a novelty shop for a few dollars. There is a full-sized, side-by-side comparison below on this page.

But there are legal copies of these famous coins and legal copies can be valuable, especially when made of gold. The coin in our main picture comes from Heritage Auctions. It is a beautiful modern proof reproduction and, since it is struck in gold, it is worth well over $1000. You can see in small print on the coin the date and the source of the gold: 2002 and the S. S. Central America.

But other, non-modern replicas are around as well. They are usually called restrikes because they copy the original pattern and carry the original date, but they were not made on that date. Our first example was made in 2002, so it is worth primarily its gold value. But other examples (not shown) were made as early as 1909 and these can be quite valuable. A 1909 restrike piece from Heritage Auctions, struck in silver instead of gold, sold for over $6000. It is rumored that Ron Landis, a well-known sculptor of the Gallery Mint Museum has created a horseman piece. It would carry a premium over gold value due to Ron's recognized expertise.

So, in summary:

EARLY RESTRIKES: $5000 and up
MODERN RESTRIKES: $1000 and up (price varies with gold market)

To reach these price levels, the coin must be free of all problems, such as scratches, stains, cleanings, nicks, gouges, corrosion, and similar.

If you have a Baldwin horseman and would like CoinQuest's opinion on its value, use the Contact Us link to start an e-mail exchange and then send us large, in-focus images of front and back. Images must be large and in focus to be useful.

CoinQuest appreciates the fact that both Heritage and Goldberg's have allowed us to use their images of this amazing coin. Thanks! We also thank a lady named Sandi for letting us use her image of a fake coin. Wish it were real!

Coin: 13150 , Genre: United States
Requested by: Joseph, Fri, 30-Nov-2012 22:52:30 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 28-Aug-2013 18:14:48 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Be sure to use current value of gold., Mon, 17-Nov-2014 01:58:41 GMT
Requester description: 1850 California Gold 1850 Ten Dollars and man on a horse Baldwin & Co San Fransisco
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Hi. I have one dated 1850 and it looks lile the copy. What gets me is it tests 22k+ with acid test and the coin bends easily. I can send pics if you want to see it. I also have a piece of gold from ~1848 that also tests 22k+ and it was made by Meyers & Co. When gold was 18.00 an ounce. I can also send pics of that one as well. The coin weighs 4.5 grams and the other piece weighs 4.1 grams.

I would love to find out what these are worth.

Thanks and God bless.

Paul - Paul Bickwermert
Please send pics. We respond slowly to e-mails, giving priority to web site inquiries. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have one of these. And have no clue what it is worth, or its Authenticity. - Sharon
We'd be happy to take a look at it -- CLICK HERE to upload photos for us to check out. - CoinQuest (Todd)

I have a 1850 California Gold $10 Baldwin & Co coin I would like to know how much it is worth? - Sharon
The catalog values are listed on this page. These coins are very rare and valuable, which means there are a lot of fakes out there. If you'd like us to have a look at yours, please CLICK HERE and you'll be able to upload photos. We'll be able to help you more after we see it. Thanks! - CoinQuest (Todd)

I have one that is very dirty. I would like to clean it before I take pictures. Please tell me how to do that and not hurt the coin?? - Kim
If there's even a remote chance that it's real, don't clean it. Cleaning coins kills the value. - CoinQuest (Todd)






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