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The finest "Open Wreath" 1849-C
Gold Dollars graded by PCGS are 2 AU-58's.
The finest "Open Wreath"
1849-C Gold Dollar graded by NGC is 1 MS-63 Prooflike.
The following census lists all
five examples that are known to exist.
1. NGC MS-63 Prooflike.
This coin popped up out of nowhere in March 2004 - DLRC Auctions "Richmond
Sale", July 2004
2. PCGS AU-58
(illustrated above). Ex - Waldo Newcomer Collection - B. Max Mehl
"Belden Roach" sale, February 1944), Lot 1083 - Charles Williams
Collection - Robert Schermerhorn Collection - James Kelly "ANA Sale",
1956, Lot 1571 - unknown collector - Midwestern collector - Stack's
session of "Auction '79", July 1979, Lot 749, sold for $90,000 - New
England Rare Coin Galleries - private collection - NERCA "FUN Sale",
January 1982, Lot 1350 - Southern collection - Kevin Lipton - Winthrop
Carner - North Georgia Collection - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.
"FUN Signature Sale", January 1999, Lot 7722 - Doug Winter - James
Blanchard & Co. - private collector. This is the discovery piece for
the 1849-C Open Wreath Gold Dollar, obtained by Waldo Newcomer sometime
prior to 1933. It is also the plate coin in Doug Winter's book on
3. PCGS AU-58
(upgraded from PCGS AU-55). Ex - New Netherlands Coin Co. -
Texas specialist. The existence of this coin has been
questioned by Doug Winter, who writes in his book on Charlotte Gold
that this is a clerical error by PCGS.
4. NGC EF-45.
Ex - New England Rare Coin Galleries circa 1978-1979 - Delaware
collection. Existence confirmed by Doug Winter.
5. NGC Fine 15. This coin
has numerous scratches in the center of the reverse and shows traces
of an old mounting on the right side. "McReynolds"
(before 1956) - Leo Young - Charles Southwick - Pine Tree's 9/1974
"GENA Sale", Lot 1952 at $35,000 - Stack's 5/1986 sale of
the Elrod collection, Lot 1330 - California collection (obtained via
private treaty from Winthrop Carner for a reported $150,000 -
Heritage Rare Coin Galleries (1997) - William Miller collection -
Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. "Long Beach"
sale, February 1999, Lot 6086, where it failed to sell - Heritage
Numismatic Auctions, Inc. "FUN 2000" sale, January 2000, Lot 7549,
sold for $86,250.00 - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. "Ashland
City Collection", January 2003, Lot 4607, sold for $97,750.00 -
Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries - private collection.
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2004" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service
Auctions sale catalog of the February 1999
"Long Beach" Sale