1853-C $1.00 PCGS EF45 CAC

Affordable, collector-grade gold dollars from Charlotte are hard to find for two reasons: they generally didn't circulate enough to be worn down to the EF grade range and their small size meant that their chance to survive this long in circulation was far less than, say, a half eagle. This is a wholesome, original example with nice even green-gold color that shows some light orange accents in the fields. A small rough patch in the upper left obverse field appears to be mint-made. Only two PCGS EF45 examples of this issue have appeared at auction since 2006.

CAC has approved just one in this grade with six better. From the RYK Collection.