In 1882, Oscar Wilde arrived in San Francisco during his first visit to the United States. The playwright had been contracted to give a series of 140 lectures throughout the country. In San Francisco these lectures would be given in Platt’s Music Hall. For his lectures in California alone, Wilde received $5,000, roughly equivalent $116,000 when adjusted for inflation. Could this 1882 half eagle, minted in San Francisco, have been part of Wilde’s fee?