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    1854-S Gold Dollar, MS65+
    Ex: Pittman, Duckor
    Tied for Finest Certified

    1854-S G$1 MS65+ PCGS. CAC. Ex: Pittman-Simpson. The 1854-S is the first S-mint gold dollar, struck during the initial year of coinage operations at the San Francisco Mint, from a mintage of just 14,632 coins. Perhaps 500 of those coins survive, and about two-thirds of the survivors are circulated. The average grade of examples in our auctions is AU55, with those results biased toward higher-priced coins. David Akers was enamored with this coin when he described it for the Pittman catalog:

    "This is an amazing coin that is one of the highlights of JJP's collection of Gold Dollars. It is fully struck with fabulous satiny luster and superb rich orange gold toning. The surfaces on the reverse are exceedingly choice, virtually perfect in fact, but the obverse has a few light hairlines in the field and one tiny mark on the neck. Normally, these might be enough to remove a coin from the Gem category, but the overall appearance of this coin is so superior that to call it less than a Gem would be doing it an injustice. In all my years of both collecting and selling Gold Dollars, I can say that this is one of the two or three finest examples of this date that I have ever seen, possibly even the finest."

    This satiny Gem boasts light yellow surfaces and bold design motifs, exhibiting splendid orange-gold overtones. It is exceptionally well-made for a first-year-of-issue San Francisco gold piece. A single small mark on Liberty's neck is all that prevents a higher grade. Thin stars suggest that the obverse may have been lightly lapped. The reverse shows delicate clash marks inside the wreath. Population: 2 in 65 (2 in 65+), 0 finer. CAC: 2 in 65, 0 finer (9/20).
    Ex: ANA Sale (Numismatic Gallery, 8/1949), lot 653; John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 863; unknown collector via John Albanese; The Duckor Family Collection of Gold Dollars / ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2015), lot 4248.(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25C2, PCGS# 7527)

    Weight: 1.67 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2020
    19th-22nd Thursday-Sunday
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