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Press Release - February 21, 2006

Rare Dahlonega Gold Dollar to be Auctioned!

Dallas, Texas: "This is the only known die pairing of this truly memorable Dahlonega gold dollar," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auction Galleries, "made even more remarkable when one considers that the '58-D is one of the four or five rarest dates from this mint in high grades."

"From a production of just 3,477 pieces, presently there are about 50 Mint State examples certified by both services combined." Rohan continued. "However, a number of these are most likely resubmissions. This is, however, the finest-known example of this rare issue, and one that we are proud to present to the numismatic community."

"Dave Akers description of this coin's appearance in Auction '89 holds just as true today as it was then," Rohan added, "so it's worth quoting verbatim: 'Except for a slight softness on the tops of several feathers, the strike is excellent with full denticles all around and every major design detail sharp and clear. The planchet is also outstanding with no problems whatsoever. The surfaces are semi-prooflike and just radiating mint luster and the color of the coin is superb, a rich orange-gold. Close inspection with a glass reveals virtually no marks, scuffs, or abrasions, certainly none worth noting.'"

"I'd add that faint die clashing is noticed inside the wreath on the reverse," Rohan said, "and that the 5 in the date, the R in AMERICA, and the bow are typically soft. As seen on most '58-D dollars, a characteristic incuse mark under the E of UNITED, the result of foreign matter adhering to the die during the striking process, is clearly visible. About 25 degrees of clockwise die rotation is also noted."

Heritage Auction Galleries will offer the 1858-D G$1 MS66 NGC in their upcoming Signature Auction, to be held April 7-9, 2006 as the official auctioneer of the American Numismatics Association's 2006 National Money Show, at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30339.

Images, descriptions, and prices realized from all of Heritage's previous auctions are available in the Permanent Auction Archives at the Heritage website.

To reserve your copy of a catalog for any upcoming Heritage auction, please contact Nicole Jewell, c/o Heritage Auction Galleries, 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor, Dallas, TX 75219, or call 1-800-872-6467, ext. 272.

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