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    1856 Gold Dollar, PR66 ★ Ultra Cameo
    Second-Finest of Just Nine Known

    1856 G$1 Slanted 5 PR66 ★ Ultra Cameo NGC. CAC. A coin of exceptional quality with amazing cameo contrast between the fully and deeply mirrored fields and frosty devices, with rich lemon-yellow color and excellent rose highlights. The 1856 gold dollar is a major rarity in proof, a first-year-of-type coin representing the third and final gold dollar design. A bold strike completes the extraordinary eye appeal recognized by NGC's Star designation.

    The following roster of proof 1856 gold dollars presents just nine apparently distinct specimens, with six others that may or may not be duplicates:

    1. PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC. Brokered by Todd Imhof to a private gold collector; The Ives Devos Collection (Heritage, 1/2013), lot 5781.
    2. PR66 ★ Ultra Cameo NGC. Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 7/2002), lot 677; FUN Signature Auction (Heritage, 1/2010), lot 2091. The present specimen.
    3. PR66 Cameo NGC. John F. McCoy Collection (W. Elliot Woodward, 5/1864), lot 2001; William Lilliendahl; Sixth Semi-Annual Sale (Woodward, 3/1865), lot 2830; Mendes I. Cohen Collection (Edward Cogan, 10/1875), lot 242; Lorin G. Parmelee Collection (New York Coin & Stamp, 6/1890), lot 1267; William H. Woodin Collection (Thomas Elder, 3/1911) lot 856; Virgil Brand, ledger number 57034; F.C.C. Boyd; World's Greatest Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 1/1946), lot 11; Memorable Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 3/1948), lot 11; Thomas Melish (Abe Kosoff, 4/1956), lot 1750; John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 10/1997), lot 872; Smith/Youngman Collection (Bowers and Merena, 3/2003), lot 2043; J.B. Worthington Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, 5/2005), lot 360.
    4. PR65 Ultra Cameo NGC. Pre-Long Beach Auction (Superior, 5/2004), lot 2252; Bob Simpson; Boston ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2010), lot 3392; Beverly Hills Signature (Heritage, 11/2011), lot 4157.
    5. PR65 Deep Cameo. Smithsonian Institution.
    6. PR65 PCGS. Spring Sale (Stack's, 4/1978), lot 769; King of Siam Sale (Superior, 1/1993), lot 1266; ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/1996), lot 8125; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 3364.
    7. PR64 PCGS. Stickney Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1907); lot 771; Clapp Collection (1942); Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1982), lot 31; Connoisseur Sale (Superior, 1/1989), lot 259; Ed Trompeter Collection (Superior, 2/1992), lot 2; Commodore Mathew C. Perry Collection (Bowers and Merena, 1/1995), lot 1145; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2012), lot 4710.
    8. PR64 PCGS. Harry Bass purchased this coin from Bowers and Ruddy on 12/27/1971; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/2000), lot 28.
    9. Proof. Wayte Raymond; private collection since 1938; David Akers; Auction '85 (Paramount, 7/1985), lot 1367; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Core Collection.

    Other Examples:
    A. Proof. Charles Jay Collection (Stack's, 10/1967), lot 217; Public Auction Sale (Stack's, 11/1994), lot 1162
    B. Proof. R.C.W. Brock; University of Pennsylvania; Philip H. Ward, Jr. Collection (Stack's, 4/1964), lot 1603.
    C. Proof. Major Lenox R. Lohr (Stack's, 10/1956), lot 967, sold to "Dr. L." per Walter Breen.
    D. Proof. Brock; Morgan; ANS, reported by Walter Breen, may be the same as B above.
    E. Proof. Forty-Fifth Catalog (New Netherlands, 4/1955), lot 763; Q. David Bowers.
    F. PR65 NGC. The Riordan/Suwannee coin handled by Jeff Garrett in 2005 as part of a complete set of Type Three gold dollars in proof.
    (Registry values: P7)

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 97606)

    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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