This watch chain is truly outrageous & in such excellent plus condition. The large coin is an 1897 - $10.00 US Liberty gold piece. "Referred to as the Liberty Eagle, the US $10 gold piece depicts the crowned image of Lady Liberty on the obverse, surrounded by 13 stars representing the original 13 colonies. On the reverse is the traditional bald eagle image, with a shield on its breast, clasping three arrows in its left talon (sinister) and an olive branch in its right (dexter), symbolizing the power of Congress to bring both war and peace, respectively. The eagle's head is turned to the right, signaling its preference for peace." "Christian Gobrecht, most famous for the "seated liberty" design seen on dimes, quarters, and half dollars during this era, designed the Liberty series." "Minted 1866 - 1907 Fineness: .900 - Actual Gold Content: .48375 troy ounce" (all quotes are from an internet coin dealer website). It was mounted in a 14kt. bezel frame that is mounted to a lovely, swirling, hand crafted 14kt. fob top & then attached to the medallion chain. The chain has twelve 10kt. gold medallions representing 1849 - $1.00 gold pieces along it's chain. They are attached in alternating views - front-then back-then front again. The one exception is by the 14kt. button hole bar. Both medallions next to the bar show a front view. To be entirely clear these 10kt. medallions are not US coins. They were privately made sometime in the 19th century, reason unknown. The designer may have used the 1849 date because it was the year of the first actual US Mints issue of $1.00 gold pieces inspired by the Calif. gold rush. Now on to condition. As you can see from photos the condition of the $10 gold piece is excellent (not a coin grade-my opinion). All features including letters, date & even the beaded like rim of the coin are well defined. You can still with your eyes plainly read the "Liberty" in her headdress. With a 10 power loop you can see some faint wear to her brow, ear, hair, eagle wing tips-in other words the coin high points. The coin was very very lightly used before it became the fob centerpiece of the watch chain. We have not & will not remove it from it's bezel frame to sell separately. It is being sold as part of a fabulous piece of men's jewelry not as a $10.00 gold piece. The medallions are of excellent design with a lot of detail. Their design features are easily seen & readable with fine accent, definition lines remaining. I find nothing that looks like replacement or repair. You can of course see what I believe to be some original solder points for joining parts on the entire watch chain (see photo # 6) as well as on the hand crafted fob top. The watch chain has no gold content marks but all parts with the exception of the $10 gold piece have been acid tested. We guarantee it to be 14kt. on the bezel, fob top, chain links, watch latch & button hole bar. The medallions tested out to 10kt. gold. The interior of the watch latch has an unknown hallmark (photo # 7). We don't know if this was for the entire watch chain or just the latch. The watch chain measures 14" from the end of the gold piece to the end of the latch. The gold piece in it's frame measures approx 1 1/8" in dia. The gold medallions measure approx 1/2" in dia. The button bar is 1 9/16" long. The entire watch chain & fob weighs 43.7 grams. An absolutely superb circa 1900 watch chain. Great for a watch chain collection, even better for that man in the family who collects coins.
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