||1851-O G$1 MS63 NGC. Variety 1. The diagnostic for this variety is a die crack through the 1 o'clock star. Also, the stars from 12 to 3 o'clock are thinner due to light die lapping. As might be expected from the relatively high mintage approaching 300,000 pieces, the 1851-O can be located through the lower levels of Mint State without too much trouble. Select to Gem specimens are scarce and exceedingly rare any finer. Greenish and yellow-gold hues dominate both sides of this lustrous Select offering. The design features are well-struck on the obverse, while minor softness occurs on some elements in the central reverse, a typical characteristic of Variety 1. The present coin shows a few inconsequential marks rather than the heavy abrasions usually encountered on this issue. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $1645.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.