California Indian Octagonal One
California Indian Octagonal 1/2
California Indian Octagonal 1/4
California Indian tokens are diversely dated and denominated as 1/4, 1/2, or One California Gold.
The design features an Indian Head facing left or right, surrounded by stars.
The lower reverse displays a bear walking right. A wreath outlines the bear.
The California Indian Octagonal and Round types are mules, pairing obverses made for the earlier Alaska Indian series with reverses initially intended for the California Minerva series.
The tokens were struck circa-1915 for sale at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, held in San Francisco that year.
The California Indian Octagonal series was included in the
M.E. Hart's Coins of the Golden West set formed by
Farran Zerbe, also sold during (or shortly after) the PPIE.
The California Indian Octagonal type is second-rarest among the 12 design types that comprise the M.E. Hart set. The series is rarer than the more costly 1911 Alaska Eskimo set, and is surpassed in rarity only by the Oregon Indian series.