Pierre Frontier was born in Tournus, Saône-et-Loire, France in 1827, and (according to manifests deemed reliable) ventured to America with Eugene Deviercy in the late 1840’s. Their timing couldn’t have been better, for upon hearing word of the gold being found in northern California they were positioned well to move on to San Francisco where they formed a jewelry business in 1853. Despite their lack of knowledge on forging the dies for coins, as evident with the initial coins being somewhat amateurish, they became one of the most prolific issuers of small California gold. A standard, small pocket change in a burgeoning economy like San Francisco was obviously in great demand and these coins filled that need.
The BG-106 is one of the more commonly encountered Period 1 quarter dollars but in this exemplary state-of-preservation only a few could be considered better-! PCGS shows a population of 6 coins in MS66, while NGC shows 3 and 6 in MS66 Proolike, with a sole MS67 example.