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    1855 Type Two Gold Dollar in PR62 Cameo--A Legendary U.S. Gold Rarity

    1855 G$1 PR62 Cameo NGC. There is considerable controversy surrounding not only the number of extant proof 1855 Type Two Gold Dollars, but also the pedigree of several of the pieces. Take for example the roster provided on page 197 of Akers's catalog for part one of the John Jay Pittman Collection, where he pedigrees Pittman's example to William H. Woodin. On page 132 of their King of Siam Sale, Superior states that the Woodin specimen is not Pittman's coin, but rather the Newcomer/Boyd/Bareford example. As far as we can tell, there are eight known representatives of this rare proof Gold Dollar, and the present example is not any of the following:

    1- United States Mint; Smithsonian Institute.
    2- J. P. Morgan; ANS.
    3- Elmer Sears (4/09); John H. Clapp; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; United States Gold Collection (Bowers & Ruddy, 10/82); Trompeter Collection (Superior, 2/92), lot 1, where it realized $148,500. This coin was graded Gem Brilliant Proof by Superior.
    4- World's Greatest Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 1/46), lot 9; Floyd T. Starr Collection (Stack's, 10/92), lot 1084, where it realized $105,000. Stack's graded this coin Brilliant Proof.
    5- John Jay Pittman Collection (Akers, 10/97), lot 866, where it realized $121,000. Choice proof, according to Akers.

    At least three other proof 1885 Type Two Gold Dollars are believed extant, and this Cameoed example is either one of those coins, or (less likely) a newcomer to this issue's roster.
    This is a lovely proof with deeply mirrored fields and lightly frosted devices. The hair curls over Liberty's forehead are a little softly impressed, but, unlike the Starr specimen, the date is fully defined, even over the top of the second digit. The color is basically yellow-gold in shade, some orange tinged accents have settled in the recesses of the obverse portrait and the left reverse wreath. The scuffy overall appearance of both sides confirms the PR62 designation, but the only worthwhile pedigree markers are a group of miniscule planchet flakes (as struck) in the obverse field before Liberty's neck. Clearly, this is a rare coin, and, as an issue, the proof 1855 Type Two requires more research if one is to finalize the pedigrees of the extant examples. (NGC ID# 25DW, PCGS# 87602)

    Weight: 1.70 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
    October, 2001
    3rd-6th Wednesday-Saturday
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