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    1856 Gold Dollar, PR67 Ultra Cameo
    Probably Fewer Than 15 Examples Struck
    None Certified in Higher Numeric Grades

    1856 G$1 Slanted 5 PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC. Probably fewer than 15 proof Type Three gold dollars were struck in 1856, and the issue is very rare today. The Type Three design was introduced in 1856 because of striking problems that plagued the older Type Two motif. Two different date styles were used on business strikes of this year, one with an Upright 5 and the other with a Slanted 5. All proofs were struck with a Slanted 5, but the term "italic" is actually more correct for the numeral style used on these coins.
    The rare 1856 proofs have always been popular with collectors, and examples began to appear at auction as early as the John F. McCoy Sale (W. Elliot Woodward, 5/1864). Lot 2001 of that catalog reads simply "1856 Dollar, brilliant proof." It realized $26 to William Lilliendahl. Collector interest has always been high for this issue, which historically shows up at auction infrequently. Its status as a trophy coin has resulted in more auction appearances in recent years, but the surviving population probably does not exceed 10 specimens. Recent sales include the spectacular PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC coin in lot 2091 of the FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2010), which realized $86,250.
    The present coin is a magnificent PR67 Ultra Cameo specimen, probably slightly superior to the terrific coin in the 2010 FUN sale, which was the highest-graded piece ever offered at auction until now. This coin features deeply mirrored fields that contrast profoundly with the frosty devices to produce a stunning cameo effect. An interesting network of clash marks is evident on both sides. The bright lemon-yellow surfaces are virtually free of imperfections and the design elements are sharply detailed throughout. Eye appeal is tremendous. This coin should find a home in the finest collection or Registry Set. Census: 1 in 67 Ultra Cameo, 1 in 67 Ultra Cameo, 0 finer (11/12).

    Roster of 1856 Proof Gold Dollars
    1. PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC. A piece brokered by Todd Imhof to a private gold collector. The present coin.
    2. PR66Ultra Cameo NGC. Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 7/2002), lot 677; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2010), Lot 2091.
    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 001-668.
    5. PR65 Deep Cameo. Smithsonian Institution.
    6. PR65 PCGS. FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 3364.
    7. PR64 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, 1/2012), lot 4710.
    8. 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 Matthew C. Perry Collection (Bowers and Merena, 1/1995), lot 1145.
    9. PR64 PCGS. Harry Bass purchased this coin from Bowers and Ruddy on 12/27/1971; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part III (Bowers and Merena, 5/2000), lot 28.
    10. 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.
    G. Very Choice Brilliant Proof. Public Auction Sale (Stack's, 11/1994), lot 1162.
    From The Ives Devos Collection.(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# B76E, 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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