Master Set of U.S. Mint 1845 Proof Gold Coins to Make West Coast Debut

Tangible Investments will also have All-Time Finest 1880 proof set at September 7-9, 2023 Long Beach Expo


The first West Coast public display of the finest of only three "Master" sets of United States Mint 1845 proof gold coins will be at the Long Beach Expo (, September 7-9, 2023.

1845 $10 PCGS PR65CAM
The PCGS Set Registry Current Finest 1845 gold proof set to be displayed by Tangible Investments at the September 7-9, 2023 Long Beach Expo includes this exquisite Eagle ($10 denomination gold coin) graded PCGS PR65 Cameo. (Image credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

On behalf of the historic coin’s anonymous owner, Tangible Investments, Inc. ( of Laguna Beach, California will display the three-coin set at its booth, #402, along with the United States Mint leather case that originally contained the coins 178 years ago. The set is listed as the Current Finest in the Professional Coin Grading Service Set Registry (

In addition, the cross-country exhibit tour of the All-Time Finest 1880 U.S. proof set with gold ( will also be at the show, courtesy of Tangible Investments and the collector who also owns the 1845 proof coins.

"The early, specially-struck U.S. proof coins are sometimes known as ‘Master Coins,’ and in 1845 there were only a few collectors who could afford to acquire them. This set has the finest known examples of that year: Quarter Eagle ($2.50 denomination gold) graded PCGS PR66+ CAM; Half Eagle ($5) PCGS PR66 DCAM; and Eagle ($10) PCGS PR65 CAM," said Tangible Investments Founder and President Silvano DiGenova.

"These coins have an impressive pedigree of famous numismatists including John Jay Pittman, Waldo G. Newcomer, William H. Woodin, Lorin G. Parmelee," stated DiGenova.

The magnificent 16-coin 1880 proof set was one of the highlights of the recent American Numismatic Association 2023 Pittsburgh World’s Fair of Money®.

1880 $4 Coiled Hair
One of the highlights of the PCGS Set Registry All-Time Finest 1880 proof set with gold is this “Stella” ($4 denomination gold coin) graded PCGS PR65+ Cameo and one of only ten struck. (Image credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

Assembled by Tangible Investments on behalf of the same client who owns the 1845 Master set, the 1880 proof set will be displayed at the PCGS booth, #404, during the September Long Beach show.

"It took patience and decades to complete the 16 proof coins in the 1880 set. Each one had to meet the requirements of eye appeal and the best condition we could find," explained Mike Bonham, Executive Vice President of Tangible Investments.

"The owner began collecting coins in 1994. Eventually, he started building the 1880 proof set starting with silver coins, and then began acquiring the low mintage proof gold pieces. It is now insured for $9 million," said Bonham.

The set includes examples of both the 1880 Flowing Hair and Coiled Hair Stellas ($4 denomination gold coins) as well as superb examples of 14 other 1880-dated proof coins from cent through Double Eagle ($20 denomination gold coin). United States Mint records indicate only 10 Coiled Hair proof Stellas were struck in 1880 and only 35 Flowing Hair variety were made that year.

The owner also has examples of both the 1879 Flowing Hair and Coiled Hair Stellas in his collection.

Highlights of the 1880 proof set include: $3 gold PCGS PR66+ CAM, finest numerically; $4 gold Coiled Hair PCGS PR65+ CAM, finest graded in cameo; $5 gold PCGS PR66 DCAM; and $10 gold PCGS PR64 CAM, tied for finest numerically graded.

"There was a tremendous response from collectors and dealers who saw the set on display in Pittsburgh. We are delighted that the proud owner now will give people a chance to see it on the West Coast at the September Long Beach Expo along with the first public display of his 1845 gold proof coins," said DiGenova.

The September 7-9, 2023 Long Beach Expo will be held in Hall C of the Long Beach Convention Center at 300 E. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach, California.

For additional information about Tangible Investments or to obtain a copy of the PCGS Market Report articles on the 1880 or 1845 proof sets, contact Mike Bonham at 949-878-0393, visit, or email

For additional information about the Long Beach Expo, visit or email

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That eagle on the reverse of the 1845 gold coin is one of my favourite designs. I have a similar eagle on the reverse of my 1861 O 50C coin but with his wings pointed in the downward pose. It’s a shame the Mint doesn’t make use of these classic designs they have stored in their vaults for a series of low mintage coins for the real coin collectors. Much like they did with the mercury dime, standing liberty quarter, and walking liberty half dollar back in 2016, only offer them in pure Ag. But instead, all we get is… Read more »

Jeff Legan

KKKraig, I seem to recall a certain someone saying “As I’ve said before, if you don’t like what someone posts, simply don’t read them.“. Quite the poor logic there. How do you know if you like what someone posts or not until you actually read what they post? Doh! Here are your very own words with just 2 tiny substitutions. A noun and a verb. Now your advice makes sense at least–“As I’ve said before, if you don’t like what someone sells, simply don’t buy them.” Good advice, huh? I am sure with your famous “”DD” skills you already know… Read more »


Don’t you have a video game to play Jeffee? Run along little boy and play your game. Lol
Have you loaded the pinto yet?

Jeff Legan

No KKKraig, I am fine with just upsetting you here. I can see it is working.
When all you can come back with to all of the points I made above is childish insults, you are admitting to everyone you got nothing.
Are you having fun yet?


Pleas let me know where you purchase those wizard glasses, Jeffee, so I can also ‘see’. Lol. Why do you assume I read your old and boring drivel? All I need read is your first sentence or two to know it’s a waste of my time reading the rest. ‘See’ I follow my own advice. I’m still waiting, with bated breath, for your review on those gorgeous Christmas Quarter Ornaments that you bought. Oh, and ‘I got nothing’…tell that to my CPA and see what he says! Pity the fool. p.s. I always have fun…

Jeff Legan

Thank you for making my point for me, KKKraig. Whenever you are ready to join the adults here, we can stop playing. Remember this little gem of yours?–“Unless you like conflict, which I am no stranger to.“–That is quite obvious. Too bad you have no skill at it. Good thing you have money to give you a sense of worth, otherwise you would have none. You equate “money” with “worth as a human being”. Poor way to go through life. Do you see the irony? At least all the grifters have an easy target in you, with your “DD” skills… Read more »

Seth Riesling


The U.S. Mint NEVER uses the word “Christmas” for a specific reason – separation of Church & State is a USA Founding Father’s principal that the Federal Government still follows, and for good reason…


Jeff Legan

Funny to me that I didn’t catch that. I searched “U.S. Mint Christmas ornaments” and the catalog entry was right at the top of my search but never noticed it didn’t mentioned Christmas. I noticed there is no mintage limit, sell for $24.99 I think it was, and they are still selling 2019 ones apparently (+9 combined, two types) from the data in the latest Mint sales article here. Is there a use for them other than for a Christmas tree though? What other holiday uses do they have? Do they stand on their own or do you have to… Read more »


Stella, stella!!
I’m always wondering why a coin that the average collector will never own, much less handle, is still listed. It’s a pattern and should be in the patterns section. It never circulated nor was sold to collectors.

Seth Riesling

Antonio, Thanks so very much for saying that! The $4 coinage patterns (struck in a few different metals, including gold) that were nicknamed “Stellas” were never legal tender coins & not approved by Congress (per the USA Constitution, only Congress has power over all coinage matters). This press release by Tangible Investments, Inc. (& PCGS CoinFacts), is simply factually wrong when calling these pieces “coins” & they know better, but want them to sell for more money by calling them “coins” instead of the proper numismatic term of “coinage patterns”. Of course, you do not need to have one of… Read more »

Frankie Fontaine

They need to restrike STELLLA forget the Porgans

Dazed and Coinfused

Stella looks more like a deputy sheriff badge. Guess it is cool that it has gram weight on it. Wonder what actual size is. If it is similar to the 10th oz coins

Frankie Fontaine

Could you imagine the price Ventris would charge nowadays…. Like $11,000 a,set