Estimate: 2'500 USD
Starting price: 1 USD
Price realized: 4'560 USD
1859-D Gold Dollar. AU-55 (PCGS).
Tinges of saffron and honey-gold accent the patina of this handsome Choice AU example. The protected areas harbor considerable satiny luster, showcasing the overall superior preservation. Only gently circulated and well struck for the issue.
The 1859-D is the most readily available Dahlonega Mint issue in the Type III gold dollar series, barely edging out the 1858-D for this distinction. Only 4,952 examples were minted, and probably no more than 300 survivors could be accounted for in modern-day collections. Most survivors grade EF or lower-end AU, suggesting limited circulation for this issue on the eve of the Civil War. Undoubtedly many examples were melted as the nation descended into turmoil after Southern forces fired on Fort Sumter on April 12 and 13, 1861.
PCGS# 7553. NGC ID: 25CN.