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US Cincinnati Mining and Trading Company (Counterfeit)  1849
US Cincinnati Mining and Trading Company (Counterfeit) 1849

Sounds like you have a replica of a California gold piece made by the mysterious Cincinnati Mining and Trading Company. These coins were privately minted during the famous gold rush that was getting started in 1849. Genuine pieces today soar into the 100s of 1000s of US dollars. But, since oodles of replicas have been made, and there are only 8 known genuine pieces, yours is most surely a reproduction and worth a few dollars.

You can see more about similar coins at this CoinQuest link.

Mike Locke is a recognized expert on coins like yours. You can visit his neat web site at calgoldcoin.com. Here is what Mike has to say about your Cincinnati coin:

'The Cincinnati Mining and Trading Co. never succeeded in making gold coins in California. They did make a couple of pattern pieces before they headed out west. These pieces are extremely rare and valuable today. Most of them are gold and weigh about 33grams. HOWEVER, a company called Martguild makes brass or gold plated cast zinc replicas of popular coins. There may have been other companies making such replicas. These reproductions are extremely common and have very little value. Other large pioneer gold coins have been similarly reproduced, but this one seems to be one of the most common. The most common of these has TRADING misspelled as TRACING. Blake and Co $20 gold tokens are even more common.'

Coin: 3233 , Genre: United States
Requested by: Dzevad, Sun, 28-Feb-2010 17:08:38 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 10-Oct-2013 17:19:45 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sun, 09-Aug-2015 19:19:16 GMT
Requester description: 1849 Front Inscription-Cincinnati Mining and Trading Company Front Device-Indian Head with Feathers and Back Inscription-California Twenty Dollars 1849 and Back Device-Eagle With Shield
Tags: cincinnati mining mine trading trade company counterfeit cincinatti cincinnatorum mines replica forger counterfet fake counterfiet reproductions repro reproduction counterfeits replicas forgery fakes inscription monogram indian head feathers feather california twenty dollars dollar eagle shield script letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy letters inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials fether quill feathering fethers dollare dolls doller dol eaglets egals egal eagles eagel arms sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm coat crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon tracing trace headdress hat helmeted hood caps headband hooded helmet bonnet cap helmit helmets hawk falcon

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