1870-S GOLD G$1, TYPE 3 MS65
A FLASHY GEM. ONLY 3,000 STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST AT NGC.
Long before the concept of juvenile delinquents became popular in the 1950s, San Francisco home-grew its own sort of "toughs" in the 1870s they called "hoodlums." While its precise origins are often hotly debated among historians, the term is often called as San Franciscan as Sourdough bread and the Golden gate. According to era writers "hoodlums" were often stereo typically dressed in "velvet vests or a black olive frock coat...knee-high boots of calfskin...and tight fawn colored trousers." Another noted look these hoodlums donned was, "...oiled [hair], puffed, curled at the sides, and parted in the middle." Furthermore, they were quite young - ranging from twelve to thirty - and very disproportionately Irish. Despite their interesting look and young age, these "hoodlums" were not to be messed with as they were mostly deadly. Throughout the 1870s there had been several written accounts of hoodlums violently lashing out on a whim. They mostly ran in large packs, so they did not need to carry guns, but hickory sticks, brass knuckles, and sometimes knives did just fine. Most historians believe these hoodlums made their way to San Francisco from the East Coast when the economy started to fail or to avoid the Civil War draft. Due to their age, lack of adult supervision, and inability to pick up jobs in the trade unions they turned to a life of crime instead. Their reign on the city did not last too long since the police force eventually caught up to the booming population of the city by the late-1800s. Regardless, San Francisco will always have hoodlums at its heart.