||1855-C G$1 AU58 NGC. CAC. Variety 2. The second 5 to the right below the A in DOLLAR confirms the variety. The 1855-C gold dollar, from a minuscule mintage of 9,803 pieces, is very scare in all circulated grades and extremely rare in mint condition, where no examples are graded any finer than MS62. The yellow-gold surfaces of this near-Mint State specimen retain ample luster in the recessed areas. The design features exhibit much better detail than ordinarily seen on this issue, including the headdress feathers and plumes, LIBERTY, the date digits, and the OLL in DOLLAR, all elements that are normally very weak or illegible. Moreover, the smooth surfaces are largely devoid of significant contacts, planchet defects, or mint-made spots, all of which plague this issue. These factors led Winter to write: "Any piece with relatively clean surfaces and only minor problems is quite rare and such coins typically trade for significant premiums over typical examples." This is just that kind of coin! Census: 35 in 58, 17 finer (8/14). Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $18800.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.