1853-O $1.00 PCGS MS62 CAC

A very choice coin for the grade with good luster and pleasing medium green-gold color on the obverse and the reverse. A few small scuffs limit the grade but this piece has better eye appeal than many examples that I have seen in MS63 holders. A great introductory coin for the collector who would like an affordable but charismatic Type One gold dollar from the New Orleans mint.

CAC has approved seven in this grade with 11 finer.

1883 $1.00 PCGS PR64 CAM CAC

One of 207 struck. An estimated four to five dozen Proofs of this date are known and the 1883 is far scarcer than the 1884-1889 gold dollars which were issued in quantities of 1,000 and above. This borderline Gem example has superb "black and white" contrast and would be a full-blown Gem were it not for two small but noticeable lintmarks in the obverse field adjacent to the tip of the portrait. If you have always wanted to own a genuinely rare Proof gold coin and you'd like said coin to have legitimately good eye appeal, this is a rare opportunity indeed.

CAC has approved just one 1883 gold dollar in PR64CAM with three finer than this.

1860 $1.00 NGC PR66 UCAM

While the reported mintage for this issue is a very high 154 coins, it is probable that many were melted after going unsold. Today, it is doubtful if more than forty or so survive with most in the PR63 to PR64 range. This example is tied with a few others as the finest 1860 gold dollar graded by a third-party service and I feel that items like this are tremendously undervalued when compared to other areas of United States numismatics. As for the coin itself, it is a full-blown Gem with great contrast and surfaces that are free of hairlines. There are a few microscopic planchet imperfections in the obverse fields as seen on nearly all gold Proofs of this era and the reverse can be quickly identifieid by the presence of four tiny mint-made lintmarks at the center. The last similar example to sell at auction was a PCGS/CAC PR66 (not given a cameo designation but close to Deep Cameo, in my opinion) that sold for a strong $27,600 i9n the Heritage 2012 FUN auction. Thie present piece is clearly finer than Heritage 1/07: 3367 (graded PR66 CAM by NGC that brought $19,550. An important coin for the advanced collector of gold dollars.

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.

1872 $1.00 PCGS MS63 CAC

When I was offered this coin I thought to myself that it had been a long, long time since I'd seen an 1872 gold dollar in this grade. A quick check revealed that the last MS63 1872 gold dollar to be sold at auction was all the way back in October 1999 and that coin (ex Bass II: 181) brought $2,530. I was further sold by the fact that this is a truly nice coin for the grade with good color, clean surfaces and legitimate eye appeal. I think the PCGS population figures for this date are insanely swelled by resubmissions and the fact that no MS63's have sold at auction in thirteen years makes me feel that their population figures have to be discounted. If you are a slave to Trends, you won't but this coin but if, like me, you are intrigued by the fact that the last MS63 gold dollar sold brought $2,520 thirteen years ago....you'll buy this coin and you won't think twice!

1876 $1.00 NGC MS64+ CAC

This popular Centennial year issue has an original mintage of only 3,200 business strikes. It is a scarce coin in this grade yet it remains affordable. This particular example has the look of a Gem but there are a few very light scuffs on the obverse that are hard to see without magnification.

As of June 2012, this is the only MS64+ example of this date graded by NGC.

1851-D $1.00 NGC AU58

As a date, the 1851-D is the second most available Type One dollar from this mint but it is at least two to three times more scarce than the 1849-D. There were only 9,982 produced and this issue tended to see rather heavy circulation with examples usually in the EF40 to AU50 range. Choice AU 1851-D dollars are scarce and examples with natural color and surfaces are quite rare. This piece has some of the most attractive color that I can recall having seen on an 1851-D dollar with both the obverse and reverse showing very deep rich green-gold hues with contrasting shades of russet in the fields. The strike is sharp for the issue with fewer of the usual clashmarks and strong detail seen on the hair, date and mintmark. Below the color, there appears to be a considerable amount of luster and there seems to be no real wear, just a touch of friction on the high spots. This is a superb coin which deserves a strong premium on account of its coloration and it would make a great addition to a Dahlonega set that emphasized eye appeal.

1880 $1.00 PCGS PR62 CAM

One of only 36 Proofs struck. This coin is at least a PR64 if not a full-blown Gem but it has been net graded by PCGS on account of some edge marks at 2:00 on the obverse. I'm not certain but this might be an ex: Kaufman Collection coin that was sold by RARCOA years ago; some of these coins were mounted by tacks to boards for display and were partially damaged on their edges as a result. The 1880 dollar is quite rare as a Proof with probably no more than eighteen to twenty pieces known from its small original mintage figure. This is likely the most affordable slabbed Proof example of this date in existence.

1849-O $1.00 PCGS MS62

This is not only a numismatically significant issue as it is the first New Orleans gold dollar, it is also scarce in MS62 and above. It is certainly more available in MS62 than its counterparts from Charlotte and Dahlonega but it is much more affordable and it tends to be better made as well. This frosty green-gold example is well detailed with just a few light marks in the fields. A good type coin for the New Orleans collector.