Almost tossed it out as a joke.
The man that bought this coin lived in L.A.. The coin is marked U.S. 1/2 Dollar Gold Piece - Indian Head. 1854 BU. It is not a U.S. minted coin. Jewelers minted these gold coins and they were acceptable as U.S. coinage.1884 GEM *BU GOLD 50 CENT CALIFORNIA JEWELERS PIECE - INDIAN HEAD (THIRTEEN STARS)/ OBV BEAR - 1/2 - CALIFORNIA GOLD (*NOT GRADED)FOR SALE (Serious Offers Only)Terry Chaney email@example.com 601/372-8044