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PCGS Number: 10335 Coin Date: 1849 Denomination (Short): $25 Denomination (Long): Twenty-Five Dollars Variety: Templeton Reid Desg: MS Mintage: 2 Reported, None Known Coinage Years: 1849 Mint Location: Georgia Fineness: 0 Weight (Grams): 0 Weight (Ounces): 0 Designer: Templeton Reid General Notes: According to Pioneer gold expert, Donald Kagin Ph.D., "Templeton Reid was a multi-talented entrepreneur, a cotton gin manufacturer, gunsmith, metallurgist and assayer who struck coins in denominations of $2.50, $5, $10 and $25. These historic items were the first privately issued gold coins in the United States. The Georgia and North Carolina gold rush period started in 1828, about two decades before the California Gold Rush, and this important gold piece was made in 1830 to help alleviate a coin shortage at the time in Georgia." Supposedly two examples of the $25 denomination were struck and one was stolen from the U.S. Mint collection in 1858. Neither has ever been seen so numismatists are constantly on the hunt.