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    1855-D Gold Dollar, MS64
    Key to the Set, Tied for Finest
    Excellent Pedigree

    1855-D G$1 MS64 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The short-lived Type Two gold dollar subset, which ran briefly from 1854 to 1856, is always popular. Collectors can focus on putting together a complete set of six pieces, or they might just want one high-grade example. Alternatively, they may focus more narrowly on obtaining coins from the mints of their choosing: Charlotte, Dahlonega, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

    Southern Type Two gold dollar production took place entirely within the year 1855, with the North Carolina and Georgia issues standing out as the two most challenging issues in the series and the 1855-O being relatively accessible. Between the D and C-mint issues, the Dahlonega 1855 gold dollar is far scarcer than its Charlotte counterpart, claiming the lowest mintage of the series with only 1,811 coins struck. Doug Winter estimates 75 to 100 1855-D gold dollars survive, mostly in VF and XF grades, writing in 2013: "There are an estimated four or five known in Uncirculated and this includes two that have been graded MS64 by the services." Although PCGS and NGC each now show two coins at this level, that is likely the result of crossovers and resubmissions. This is the finest 1855-D gold dollar on Winter's Condition Census, a coin that has formed part of some of the best collections of branch mint gold over the past 50+ years.

    Both sides are unimaginably clean and attractive, strongly struck, and lustrous for an 1855-D representative. Deep orange-gold color paints satiny surfaces, and noticeable prooflike reflectivity exists in the fields. Both sides are boldly defined, with the exception of Liberty's upper curls and the 8 in the date, as usual. Clashed with a die crack from the rim up along the right side of the mintmark to the ribbon. A microscopic encrustation left of the flag of the 1 in the denomination serves as a pedigree marker for this fabled rarity.
    Ex: Grant Pierce Collection (Stack's, 5/1965), lot 1016, where it brought $3,300; Reed Hawn Collection (Stack's, 10/1993), lo 885; Ed Milas; Winthrop Carner; Leon Farmer Collection; Hancock & Harwell; Duke's Creek Collection; Clausen Family Collection (Heritage, 1/2006), lot 3396; Orlando Sale (Stack's, 1/2009), lot 866.(Registry values: N1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25C6, PCGS# 7534)

    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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    September, 2020
    17th Thursday
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