True Grit (2010)
Young girl finds father's unusual California gold piece
The 2010 Paramount Pictures film "True Grit" is based on the Western novel by Charles Portis
about Mattie Ross, a 14-year old girl who hires US Marshal Rooster Cogburn to capture Tom Chaney,
the man who robbed and killed her father, Frank Ross.
He gives it to Hattie who is shown handling it.
It appears to be based on a California Gold Rush period privately made small gold ingot.
Mattie Ross tells her story in 1903, which happened twenty-five years ago, thus 1878.
2. Fort Smith, Arkansas
Mattie visits Colonel Stonehill, a businessman who had some horse dealings with her father.
She refuses to accept the original amount of money offered by Stonehill.
3. Mattie confronts Col. Stonehill
Mattie threatens Stonehill with a lawyer.
She later collects her father's goods from the undertaker.
4. Father's goods
The items include Masonic emblems and a Colt pistol.
joined an outlaw gang led by a Ned Pepper.
man with "true grit" or courage and toughness.
5. Mattie meets Rooster Cogburn
Mattie offers Rooster a $50 reward but he doesn't believe that she has the money.
6. Texas Ranger LaBoeuf visits Mattie
LaBoeuf has been hunting the murderer Tom Chaney for some time.
He wants to take Chaney to Texas to collect a large reward.
Mattie want's Chaney brought to Fort Smith to hang for killing her father.
7. Col. Stonehill counts out money
A pile of US currency notes are on the table.
8. Us currency notes
The bills are copies of US currency, based on Demand Notes and Legal Tender Notes of the 1860's.
They argue along the way and LaBoeuf leaves the group.
9. Rooster retrieves something
Rooster hands the item to Mattie and she holds it in her hand.
10. The gold piece
The piece reads "CARAT 18 1/2 DWT 25 6/10"
Dr. John D. Parsons, an assayer in that state.
There are copies made of base metal and one of these is probably the source for the prop.
Some reproductions are advertised as being 1-1/4 x 7/8 in.
"Parsons & C. Assayers Col. 1860 Twenty Dols.".
The meaning of "DWT 25 6/10" is 25.6 pennyweights or 1.28 troy ounce.
LaBoeuf has rejoined Rooster and Mattie.
11. The three riding off
One morning at an overnight camp, Mattie spots a group of men including Tom Chaney.
12. Tom Chaney meets Mattie
She pulls out her pistol and shoots him.
Tom is able to grab her and take her to Ned Pepper's outlaw gang.
The gang leaves the wounded Chaney with Mattie and the remaining four men ride away.
13. Four outlaws
Rooster arrives to confront the four outlaws in his way.
14. Rooster with two guns
Rooster manages to dispatch all four outlaws.
Rooster rescues Mattie, who has been bitten by snakes, and takes her to a doctor.
He leaves before she can recover from the bites.
She has him interred at a family gravesite.
15. Mattie at the family gravesite
A final look at Rooster's grave marker.
16. Rooster's marker
IN MEMORY OF
BORN July 15 1825
DIED Aug 12 1903
A RESOLUTE OFFICER OF PARKER'S COURT
(Isaac Charles Parker was the federal judge in Arkansas)
Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn
Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross
Matt Damon as LaBoeuf
Josh Brolin as Tom Chaney
Barry Pepper as Lucky Ned Pepper
Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Charles Portis (novel)
U.S. Marshals Commemorative Coin:
The United States issued coins in 2015 to commemorate the U.S. Marshals Service.
17. United States dollar 2015 - U.S. Marshals
Silver, 38mm, 26.74gm
Frontier Marshal wearing pistol and holding paper which reads: "WARRANT / FORT SMITH"
JUSTICE INTEGRITY SERVICE
E PLURIBUS UNUM
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
United States Marshal badge.
IN GOD WE TRUST