1852 PG$1 Gold Dollar, Judd-145 Thin, Pollock-173, R.6, PR66 NGC. Design. The large hole in the center restricts the design to the date and statutory legend on the obverse, and the denomination is expressed as DOLLAR with a wreath on the reverse. Struck on a thin gold planchet with a plain edge. Commentary. The biggest complaint about early gold dollars was that their small size made them easy to lose in pockets, purses, etc. The annular design of Judd-145, and similar gold dollar patterns of the era, was an attempt to increase the diameter of the coin without increasing its gold content. Unfortunately, difficulties in ejecting the coins after striking made this ingenious innovation impractical. Physical Description. A gorgeous Premium Gem with splashes of orange toning on the brilliant yellow surfaces, this piece exhibits fully mirrored surfaces. The annular design and limited surface area precludes marks, yielding a high average grade relative to most other pattern varieties. NGC has certified 16 examples of this variety with an average grade of 66.2. Provenance. "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 @ $150; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. From The Eric P. Newman Collection.
From Newman I (Heritage Auctions, 4/2013), lot 3914, realized $32900.00. Image and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, https://ha.com.
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