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Tierra del Fuego (struck in Buenos Aires), Argentina (Popper), gold 5 gramos, 1889, NGC MS 64.

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Tierra del Fuego (struck in Buenos Aires), Argentina (Popper), gold 5 gramos, 1889, NGC MS 64.
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Tierra del Fuego (struck in Buenos Aires), Argentina (Popper), gold 5 gramos, 1889, NGC MS 64. Janson-7; KM-Tn8; Fr-2. Choice luster and fully detailed strike, second finest of just three entries at NGC behind a single MS 65, the rarer of just two denominations in a one-year type (highly sought by numismatists) struck by Romanian-Jewish gold-prospector Julius Popper using gold dust found on the beach of El Paramo in the Patagonian peninsula. Popper's expedition, under the name of Gold-Washing Company of the South (Lavaderos de Oro del Sud), achieved a sort of autonomy, with its own army and coins and stamps, as well as a notorious "wild west" atmosphere replete with crime and abuse of natives. Popper died suddenly and mysteriously in 1893. NGC #5932407-001.