G. S. L. City, July 7 1862
Mr J. William Anderson
Newburgh. Orange Co., N. Y.
In reply to your favor of March 29, I have to inform you that in an early day of our settlement here, when coin was scarce and Cal. gold dust tolerably plenty but unhandy in that shape, for convenience sake dies for twenty, ten, five, and two and a half dollar gold pieces were made, and the gold dust in the market was coined. Small amounts have been <coined> since the aforesaid date, at times when gold dust has accumulated here sufficient to make it pay to do so, but such amounts are scarcely worth mentioning since the Government began coining in California. There are two dies for the five dollar piece, the one made recently being quite different from the old one.
Should you wish any specimens of the coins made here, they will be remitted, if to be found in the market, upon receipt of your selection accompanied by the corresponding amount either in gold or Government currency, by mail at your risk, unless you prefer waiting an opportunity for their being forwarded by hands of some trusty person going from here to your region of country.