This example is a fake numismatic-type item actually made of base metal (typically lead, to lend weight) over which a gold-colored plating has been applied. Silver ingot-shaped Wells Fargo marked items like this have been plaguing collectors of Western memorabilia for years. Recently these gold colored examples in the same basic shape and with similar markings to those seen on the silver-colored pieces have also been turning up on the market. See our Item ID: 2007RP000274 to view silver-colored pieces with different stamped markings.
The three gold-color examples shown in this listing are stamped on the front: "Wells Fargo US RWPO Express" and stamped on the back is a stylized American eagle.
Different molds and dies are used to make these false 'Wells Fargo' items. Because they are being made in realistic silver and gold colored finishes and because typically they are offered to buyers as authentic antiques made by the Wells Fargo company, some buyers have paid quite dearly to own them. Only later do they discover they are fakes. That Wells Fargo never made stamped coinage or imprinted ingots of any kind, neither real or commemorative, not in silver or gold.
The first piece shown measures 1 13/16 inches by 1 3/8 inches and it has a slight dimple in the on the back. In all we have included images of three separate pieces in this listing. Keep in mind not only are these items being marked with a variety of markings, they are also typically made in variously shaped molds and so may have slightly different measurements, shapes and surface imperfections.
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