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California, Oregon, Utah

The semi-official coins of the Pacific coast present quite a glittering array of monetary enterprise, and signify the great wealth and daring spirit of that part of the world.

The fifty-dollar octagon gold piece, issued in 1851, is a very beautiful coin. "Gold slugs" are novelties; are oblong gold pieces, and are valued at sixteen dollars. The Utah coins also attract attention. They are of gold, fine. The device is an "all-seeing eye" and two clasped hands; reverse, "a bee-hive," with inscription, "Holiness to the Lord." Some have for legend, "G.S.L. C.P.G.," which the initiated receive as "Great Salt Lake City, Pure Gold."

The series of the United States coins is complete, and can be readily examined. The changes have been very gradual. The motto, "In God we trust," was introduced in 1866.

There is one specimen which illustrates how a coin may be come famous without the least premonition, and also is a witness of the positive law which protects and governs coinage. A law passed Congress in 1849 ordering twenty-dollar gold pieces to be issued. One piece was struck. Something intervened to delay the work, and the year closed; then, of course, the dies had to be destroyed, as no more could be lawfully issued of 1849. The coin just beside this, marked 1850, of same value, is not worth the collector's consideration, while "1849" cannot to be purchased. It is marked "unique," and is really the only one in gold. One specimen exists in brass.