1859 GOLD DOLLAR
PCGS Nos: 7551, 7609, 97609
Circulation strikes: 168,244
Designer: James Barton Longacre
Diameter: ±14.3 millimeters
Gold - 90%
Silver and Copper - 10%
Weight: ±25.8 grains (±1.7
Mintmark: None (for
Philadelphia, PA) below the wreath on the reverse
Images courtesy of Ira
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-68.
The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS
are 2 PR-65's.
The finest Proof Cameo example graded by
PCGS is a single PR-64.
The finest Proof
Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.
NGC Proof-65 Cameo (illustrated above). Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles,
Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 643
it was described as follows: "One of the finest known of this date,
NGC in their Population Report notes just 3 have been graded this high,
with none graded higher. Similar at PCGS, with their Population Report
noting only 2 so graded, also with none graded higher. Hence, this is one
of the finest known, tied with 4 others reported. Light coppery toning on
the devices with deeply mirrored fields surrounding. Satiny frost on the
devices provide maximum contrast over the mirror fields, enough to earn
the coveted "Cameo" designation by NGC. It appears that the
planchet wasn't quite perfect when this one was made, as there is a small
arc noted in the field before Liberty's neck, and a minor rough patch
below her bust. These minor flaws were present at the time the coin was
struck, and similar planchet areas are noted on virtually every proof gold
coin seen. If you demand the finest of the finest, then look no further
than this lot."
About Uncirculated. Ex- Stack's "The September Sale",
September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1410 @$172.50
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2004" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service