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    Exceptional MS66 1849 Gold Dollar
    Open Wreath, With L

    1849 G$1 Open Wreath MS66 PCGS. CAC. Breen-6001. This Open Wreath variant also has the L initial (for designer James Longacre) prominently punched on the truncation of the neck. The Breen reference calls this and the 6002 listing "Small Head" varieties. Several years ago, John Dannreuther proved conclusively that the head is not actually smaller than on the so-called "Large Head" varieties. Instead, Longacre moved the stars inward on a later hub modification, thus giving the optical illusion of a larger head on that hub and subsequent dies.
    This is an exceptionally attractive example of this always-popular first year of issue. The surfaces display lovely, swirling mint frost and yellow-orange gold color. The striking details are full in all areas, and there are no obvious abrasions on this Premium Gem. "Ghosting" of the central obverse device is seen in the center of the reverse. Population: 12 in 66, 2 finer (12/09).
    From The Longfellow Collection.(Registry values: N1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25B8, PCGS# 7502)

    Weight: 1.67 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2010
    4th-7th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
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