$5.00 - 1851-D PCGS AU55 CAC

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$5.00 - 1851-D PCGS AU55 CAC

5,250.00

Date    1851-D
Grade    PCGS AU55 CAC
PCGS Price Guide    5500
Population (PCGS)    20/10
Population (NGC)      23/29
Population (CAC)       4/2
Serial Number    8248.55/84741496
PCGS Lookup Number    8248

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RARE PCGS/CAC AU55 1851-D HALF EAGLE

Variety 31-W.

In AU55 and higher grades, the 1851-D is among the rarest half eagles from this mint and it is exceeded in high grade rarity only by the 1842-D Large Date and the 1861-D.

This semi-prooflike example is fresh to the market and it exhibits bright yellow-gold color with light wear and enough luster to suggest a higher grade. As is typical with this date (and even more so with this die variety), the strike is soft on the obverse with a good deal of flatness on the hair below LIBERTY and on the corresponding reverse. There is very little actual wear but the obverse shows scattered shallow contact marks; the reverse is cleaner and quite choice.

No CAC approved AU55 1851-D half eagle has ever appeared at auction. Only one non-CAC PCGS AU55 has sold since late 2006 and it went cheaply at $4,230 as Stacks Bowers 3/17: 2375.

This date is almost never seen choicer than AU55 to AU58 and this specific coin should create considerable stir among Dahlonega half eagle specialists.

CAC has approved 4 in this grade with just 2 finer (both in AU58).