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Michael Baldridge California Pioneer

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Type Medal
Title Michael Baldridge California Pioneer
Date 1849
Country United States
Side reverse
Composition gold
Diameter 79x43 mm
Weight 43.4 gm
Description Alan V. Weinberg comments: Probably made by Michael Baldridge himself as a member of the famous Parker H. French California expedition of early California settlers. The inscription detailed the challenging route they took. Pictured/enlarged in Q. David Bowers' California Gold Rush History book. A uniface gilt brass version of this badge is rare but collectible. This is the only gold, hand-inscribed version known to me.

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