1859 $1.00 PCGS MS66 CAC

While common in lower grades and available in Uncirculated up to the MS63 level, the 1859 gold dollar is rare in Gem. There were 168,000 struck but many were melted and unlike the low mintage dollars of the 1880's, no one was saving coins in the years leading up to the Civil War. This superb example has dazzling frosty luster and lovely pale rose hues below a rich orange-gold overtone. The surfaces are nearly free of any contact marks although a few mint-made clashmarks can be seen on both sides. A bit of striking weakness on the LL in DOLLAR and the 5 in the date is typical for the issue. This would make a great type coin for the collector who wants to own an early date Type Three gold dollar in essentially unimprovable condition. CAC has approved just two in this grade and two finer.

Ex Heritage 8/11: 5333 where it sold for $5,463.