1854-C $5.00 PCGS AU50 CAC

Strong mintmark variety. The 1854-C is often seen with a weak or virtually invisible mintmark and examples with sharp mintmarks are very scarce. This issue is downright rare in AU50 and better with original surfaces and color and this coin is one of the few I have seen as such in many years. With the exception of star two on the obverse, the strike is far above average for the date and the surfaces are choice with a good deal of luster seen below a rich overtone of green-gold and amber. Some dirt is visible within the lettering on the reverse which is indicative of this piece's originality. I sold this coin to the former owner in an NGC AU53 holder and he downgraded it to AU50 when he sent it to PCGS for a crossover. I still think the coin is a solid AU53 and it wouldn't even look out of place in a 55 holder. A rare opportunity for the Charlotte half eagle collector to acquire a choice example of this scarce, undervalued issue.

Ex RYK "Dirty Gold" collection.