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    1851 Gold Dollar, Top-Certified MS68
    Two Points Shy of Perfection
    Ex: Akers, Duckor, Simpson

    1851 G$1 MS68 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Duckor / Akers. The 1851 is one of the most collectible gold dollar issues. Full stop. More than 3.3 million coins were struck, and they survive by the hundreds through MS64. Even Gems are accessible. That all changes at this almost impossibly high grade level -- just two points shy of absolute perfection.

    This coin made its last public appearance in August 2015, when we sold it as part of the Duckor Family Collection. Before that, it resided in the collection of David Akers. Back in 2015, expert Doug Winter provided the following commentary:

    "It is hard to make declarative 'finest known' comments about issues as common as the 1851 gold dollar, but it is hard to imagine that a finer example exists than this blazing Superb Gem. There appear to be fewer Superb Gem examples of the 1851 extant than the 1852 or 1853, and the PCGS population verifies this. This is one of just two graded MS68 at that service with none finer, and it would make an exceptional type coin to represent the Type One gold dollar design.

    "Steve Duckor purchased this coin from the Stack's Bowers August 2011 sale, lot 7579, where it smashed all previous records for the date, realizing $63,250 in fierce bidding. I didn't bid on this coin for Steve (I'm not sure I would have had the heart to pay over $60,000 for an 1851 gold dollar!), but when he asked my opinion on its quality, I said without hesitation that it was the finest example of the date that I had ever seen."

    Slight weakness at the center of the obverse is noted on this amazing Superb Gem. The surfaces are frosty and pristine, combining yellow and orange hues with delicate blue tinges on each side. A minuscule luster graze on Liberty's cheek precludes perfection. Population: 2 in 68, 0 finer. CAC: 1 in 68, 0 finer (4/20).
    Ex: David Akers; Stack's Bowers (8/2011), lot 7579; The Duckor Family Collection of Gold Dollars.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25BK, PCGS# 7513)

    Weight: 1.67 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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