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1905 G$1 Lewis and Clark MS67 NGC....

2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction #1154

 
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Auction Ended On: Apr 28, 2011
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Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Description:
1905 Lewis and Clark Gold Dollar
Extremely Rare Superb Gem
1905 G$1 Lewis and Clark MS67 NGC. The 1905 Lewis and Clark gold dollar is a heavily melted and elusive commemorative gold issue, the second date of a design that was unpopular even in its first go-round. Farran Zerbe, the famous early numismatist who is so prominently associated with the early commemorative gold issues he promoted, made a serious miscalculation when he overanticipated demand for the Lewis and Clark gold dollars, even when every single previous commemorative design had either been released to circulation or partially melted. The latter was the fate of both Lewis and Clark dates, leaving both elusive today, but the 1905 especially so.
This focus on melting and overall rarity does not even begin to cover the rarity of the early gold commemoratives in high grades, of course. The 1905 Lewis and Clark gold dollar is especially susceptible to the trend; at the Superb Gem level, for instance, there are only seven coins in the combined certified population, none of them modified by Plus or Star designations, and there are zero coins numerically finer (2/11).
This example is one of the seven, and by extension it is one of the most magnificent Lewis and Clark gold dollars a collector will ever see. Swirling luster is primarily canary-yellow with hints of honey and peach, and the sharply detailed devices are as carefully preserved as the smooth fields. The few grade-defining faults on each side are the merest quibbles. An excellent choice for the commemorative gold enthusiast who collects at the highest levels.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 26HD, PCGS# 7448)

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