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    Superlative 1853-D Gold Dollar, MS66
    Possibly the Finest Known

    1853-D G$1 MS66 NGC. CAC. Variety 5-G. Before the appearance of this Premium Gem, the finest 1853-D gold dollar that we had ever offered in our auctions graded just MS64. In fact, this is the only piece that is certified as MS66, with none finer. Behind this coin are two PCGS MS65s and two NGC MS64s. In the second edition of his reference, Doug Winter records the existence of two different MS66 NGC coins, both from a Jackson, Tennessee hoard, although only one piece currently appears in the NGC Census Report. No illustrations of the two coins in Winter's Census exist, as far as we know. The piece that Winter lists first is described as prooflike and may be this example.
    Winter records the discovery of the Jackson hoard, including gold dollars and other coins mostly dated in the 1850s, during construction of a parking lot. "A frenzy ensued and a number of workers stuffed their pockets with various coins, ranging from gold dollars to eagles."
    This example clearly shows the die line from the rim to the star at 9 o'clock, as well as other obverse markers. A vertical die line passes just left of the star at 11 o'clock, and heavy die lines are evident along the profile, especially at the neck and throat. Both sides have incredible mint brilliance with mirrored fields and boldly defined devices. Amazing green-gold luster remains, creating far above-average eye appeal for the issue. Census: 1 in 66, 0 finer (12/09).
    From The Longfellow Collection.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 25BW, PCGS# 7523)

    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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    Auction Dates
    February, 2010
    4th-7th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 25
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