1857-C $1.00 PCGS AU55 CAC

Last month I sold a beautiful NGC AU58 CAC example of this date and commented that it had been years since I'd handled an example of this date with totally original surfaces. I was surprised that at the FUN show I was able to find a second unadulterated 1857-C dollar, this one graded AU55 by PCGS and nearly as nice as the one I just sold. It shows the typical irregular planchet seen on nearly all examples with some natural roughness on the edges but the strike is as sharp as on any example I have seen with a full N in UNITED and a sharp 8 in the date. The surfaces are covered with deep green-gold color with some darker hues in the obverse fields. A good amount of luster can be seen as well. In the last five years there have been exactly two PCGS AU55 examples of this date sold at auction: Heritage 1/08: 3684 which brought $6,900 (it was in an old green label holder and it was an AU58 in my opinion) and Heritage 1/07: 5327 which realized $4,083 (it was nice but not as choice as the present example). There are probably fewer than ten 1857-C dollars known that are fully original and this is a rare opportunity for the informed specialist.