Elusive 1855 Gold Dollar, PR62 Cameo
1855 G$1 PR62 Cameo NGC. There is considerable controversy
surrounding not only the number of extant proof 1855 Type Two gold
dollars, but also the pedigree of several of the pieces. As far as
we can tell, there are 7-10 known representatives of this rare
proof gold dollar, and we provide the most current roster available
Rare Cameo Example of Popular Type Two Issue
The present coin is a lovely proof with deeply mirrored fields and lightly frosted devices. The hair curls over Liberty's forehead are a little softly impressed, but, unlike the Starr specimen, the date is fully defined, even over the top of the second digit. The color is basically yellow-gold in shade, some orange tinged accents have settled in the recesses of the obverse portrait and the left reverse wreath. The scuffy overall appearance of both sides confirms the PR62 designation, but the only worthwhile pedigree markers are a group of minuscule planchet flakes (as struck) in the obverse field before Liberty's neck. Clearly, this is a rare coin, and it should find a home in one of the finest proof gold collections.
The following roster was compiled from auction appearances, and it seems likely that several of these coins may have been recertified since their last offering, so grades may have changed.
1. PR66 Deep Cameo PCGS. John F. McCoy Collection (W. Elliot Woodward, 5/1864), lot 2001; William A. Lilliendahl; Sixth Semi-Annual Sale (Woodward, 3/1865), lot 2829; Mendes I. Cohen; Cohen Collection (Edward Cogan, 10/1875), lot 241; Lorin G. Parmelee Collection (New York Coin & Stamp, 6/1890) lot 1255; William H. Woodin Collection (Thomas Elder, 3/1911), lot 852; Thomas Melish (Abe Kosoff, 4/1956), lot 1743; John Jay Pittman Collection (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 866; Dr. Robert J. Loewinger (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 3100; Madison Collection (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 3051, realized $373,750.
2. Gem Proof. Elmer Sears (4/1909); John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1982), lot 26; Jay Miller; Ed Trompeter (Superior, 2/1992), lot 1.
3. PR65 PCGS. F.C.C. Boyd; World's Greatest Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 1/1946), lot 9; Floyd T. Starr Collection (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 1084; FUN Signature Auction (Heritage, 1/2005), lot 30023, realized $287,500.
4. Gem Proof. John Story Jenks Collection (Henry Chapman, 12/1921), lot 5822; Memorable Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 3/1948), lot 9; Harold S. Bareford (Stack's, 12/1978), lot 29; King of Siam Sale (Superior, 1/1993), lot 1262.
5. Proof. J.P. Morgan; ANS.
6. PR62 Cameo. Long Beach Signature Auction (Heritage, 10/2001), lot 8097; Pre-Long Beach Sale (Superior, 6/2002), lot 4744; The present coin.
7. Abe Kosoff; Jimmy Hayes; Norman Stack.
Additional Listings per Walter Breen
A. Belden Roach (B. Max Mehl, 2/1944), lot 1041; Will W. Neil (B. Max Mehl, 6/1947), lot 2303.
B. G.H. Hall (Stack's, 5/1945), lot 1678, probably ex J.F. Bell (Stack's, 12/1944), lot 9.
C. Mocatta Metals (early 1975).
Additional listings from other sources:
PR64 Mid American (5/1987), lot 1063(Registry values: P10) (NGC ID# 25DW, PCGS# 87602)
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