||1865 $2 1/2 -- Improperly Cleaned -- NGC Details. VF. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Because gold coins failed to circulate in 1865 except on the West Coast, the mintage for that year was limited to 1,520 pieces. The few gold collectors of the era purchased proofs. Only a handful of these were saved, and just a single Uncirculated example is known. The present butter-gold coin is glossy from cleaning, and the high points display wear commensurate with the VF level. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $50.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $4112.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.