||1853/'2' $20 FS-301 -- Improperly Cleaned -- NGC Details. AU. The popular Guide Book variety shows remnants of an underlying numeral, generally believed to be a 2, inside the lower loop of the 3 in the date. A die lump below the R in LIBERTY confirms the attribution. Examples were salvaged from the S.S. Central America and S.S. Republic shipwrecks, only a few of which were in high grades. Mint State survivors are rare and are always seen heavily abraded. This lightly circulated example shows nearly complete detail and only a few noticeable abrasions. NGC notes light cleaning, though the surfaces have acquired a pleasing honey-gold hue and retain small remnants of original luster. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $4993.75. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.