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    1851 Seated Dollar, MS63
    Spectacular Original Business Strike
    Ex: Queller

    1851 $1 MS63 NGC. Gorgeous toning resides on both sides of this Select 1851 Seated dollar. Low-intensity sky-blue patina dominates the obverse, save for splashes of yellow-gold and lavender on the Liberty motif and in the right fields, while higher-intensity bluish-purple covers the reverse. A sharp strike brings about virtual completeness on the design elements, including the detail on Liberty's foot and the eagle's plumage. Close inspection reveals no marks worthy of individual mention, though a couple of small contact points on Liberty's upper-right (left facing) shoulder are mentioned solely for pedigree purposes. This pleasing representative of the rare 1851 Seated dollar issue will delight Seated Liberty dollar aficionados.

    Population Data (4/15): The rarity of 1851 Original dollars is undisputable. About five dozen examples are reported on the certified population charts, a number of which are likely resubmissions. The majority of the population is in the circulated to MS62 range. NGC reports nine in MS63 with two near-Gem and a single MS65 finer. PCGS reports two in MS63 with five MS64 and one Gem finer.

    Heritage Commentary: A mere 1,300 dollars were produced for circulation in 1851, with another 30 to 100 Restrike proofs made at a later date. The "Original" business strikes, such as this particular example, have the date high, while the restrikes show it centered. It is generally believed that no Original proof 1851 dollars were made, and indeed none have been certified by either NGC or PCGS. Although Original dollars have been cataloged as proofs in the past, they are now believed to be prooflike business strikes.

    Provenance: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2008), lot 2108.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24YP, PCGS# 6939)

    Weight: 26.73 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    12th Tuesday
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