The 1851-C is to Charlotte gold dollars as the 1881-S is to Morgan Dollars. In other words, it is the generic issue in the series and a coin that is rather available in most grades. Except for the fact that there are under 1,000 1851-C dollars while there are tens of thousands of 1881-S dollars. This pleasing mid-level AU has medium green gold color, good detail and very acceptable surfaces. A small mark through the A in DOLLAR doesn't detract and the light weakness at the central reverse is typical for the issue. How can you not love a Charlotte gold dollar of this quality priced at less than two grand?
Closed Wreath variety. This popular first-year-of-issue is considerably scarcer than the 1851-C, 1852-C and 1853-C dollars but it sells for only a small premium in the EF and AU grades. As with all examples, the obverse appears more worn than the reverse due to a concave die but this piece is solid for the grade with considerable luster and nice light to medium green-gold color contrasted by some coppery-rose shadings on the obverse. The surfaces are lightly scuffed and show a degree of originality not often seen on this issue. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better 1849-C Closed Wreath gold dollar in this price range.