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Lot 2343

1854-D $3 Gold. NGC graded AU-53. Nicely toned on both sides. Popular "D" mint date. Choice for the grade. A truly wonderful example of this most highly prized issue among the circulation strikes in the three dollar series. And it has a notable provenance that boosts its desirability. While most 1854-D $3 pieces have a rather lackluster appearance due to soft strike, this particular example boasts significant improvement in terms of color, detail, and surface preservation (freedom from defects). Both sides, in fact, remain true to the grade, even comfortably beyond the standards typically seen in AU53 specimens. The usual soft features of strike are apparent. The piece exhibits minor wear on the high points, though most of the major design elements are clear here. Softness at the dentils, as usual for the issue, with fewer than half identifiable on the obverse and only slightly more on the reverse. Just the same, this is a very presentable coin, and a high-quality survivor from the small original mintage. When the 1,120 mintage was released into circulation American numismatics had not congealed into the wide assortment of collectors it would have in the 20th century. Collectors in the Millard Fillmore era did not pay attention to mint marks, were oblivious to them, therefore the 1854-D was not seen as a rarity for decades. We are proud to offer the ex John Jay Pittman specimen of this key date. Pop 8; 53 finer. (PCGS # 7970) .
Estimated Value $32,000 - 35,000.
Ex: Pittman Collection.


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