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    1859-O Dollar, MS65
    Single Finest at NGC

    1859-O $1 MS65 NGC. Breen-5458. Delicate tan-gold toning visits the margins of this highly lustrous and carefully preserved Gem. The strike is precise aside from the customary minor inexactness on Liberty's upper hair. An interesting slender strike-through (as made) is on the wrist of Liberty's left (facing) arm. The reverse is remarkably smooth, and the obverse field exhibits only minor contact.

    Variety: Breen-5458, thin date, heavy O. The relief of the date is higher at its top than its base, which suggests the date gang punch was entered at an angle. Several spindly die cracks wander through the upper reverse legend, and the lower portion of the eagle's shield is clashed.

    Population Data (5/14): NGC lists one MS65, the present coin, with none finer. PCGS has two MS65 with none finer.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1859-O and 1860-O are the two most available No Motto issues in Mint State. The 1859-O is about half as scarce as the 1860-O. A couple of sealed Treasury bags of the two issues surfaced during the circa-1962 great silver dollar run on Treasury holdings. Harry Forman, John Skubis, and John Love were the three dealers associated with their disbursement. However, the coins from those bags are heavily bagmarked due to a century of indifferent storage and shipment. The typical Uncirculated 1859-O grades MS60 to MS62. Gems are extremely rare.

    Provenance: Purchased from Jason Carter (6/2007).(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24YY, PCGS# 6947)

    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
    June, 2014
    23rd Monday
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