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My 1856-D gold dollar newp. Found in the wild! *Update* now with CAC*

liefgoldliefgold Posts: 1,655 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited November 12, 2022 5:47PM in U.S. Coin Forum

I just received word that my 1856-D PCGS XF40 received a CAC sticker. One of only five in all grades. A total of 101 PCGS/NGC grading events.
Very happy! It adds a little more to a great story.
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I have been looking for this date in a more affordable grade for a very long time.
I bought this one from a non-collector who was liquidating his uncle's hoard. The family discovered a huge accumulation of coins in the uncle's apartment. He was a hoarder and they literally had to climb over mountains of stuff just to get in the place. He had some better date silver coins but most of the gold was generic common date stuff, except for this.
Doug Winter estimates that there are about 100 of these in all grades. Now there is 101! Original mintage was 1,460.

liefgold

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  • pcgscacgoldpcgscacgold Posts: 2,636 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congrats on the find.

  • coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,755 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great story and coin, congrats!!

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  • JustacommemanJustacommeman Posts: 22,847 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sweet! congrats!!!

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  • RichieURichRichieURich Posts: 8,371 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice find, congrats!

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  • DCWDCW Posts: 6,973 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Incredible find. Seeing as how the hoarder collected generic gold, I wonder if he knew what he had?
    Or maybe the coin was just so small, he never paid attention to that tiny D.

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  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,726 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Simply fantastic find! Congratulations.

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  • liefgoldliefgold Posts: 1,655 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @DCW said:
    Incredible find. Seeing as how the hoarder collected generic gold, I wonder if he knew what he had?
    Or maybe the coin was just so small, he never paid attention to that tiny D.

    I doubt the hoarder knew but the heir did.

    liefgold
  • ambro51ambro51 Posts: 13,604 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Beautiful Patina and just the perfect condition. I had a ‘56 D (supposedly) ex jewelry with a speck of solder on the top. ....often miss that one.

  • 7Jaguars7Jaguars Posts: 7,250 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice coin & that it was not "details"! My 1856 S was given the business with even less action....

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  • CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 31,545 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice!

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  • pmh1nicpmh1nic Posts: 3,144 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice find!

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  • goldengolden Posts: 9,050 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great find!

  • OmegaraptorOmegaraptor Posts: 527 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Incredible find!

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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,494 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice stuff for sure

  • BoosibriBoosibri Posts: 11,867 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow what and awesome find!

  • ambro51ambro51 Posts: 13,604 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Beautiful Patina and just the perfect condition. I had a ‘56 D (supposedly) ex jewelry with a speck of solder on the top. ....often miss that one.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice... Finding treasure is exciting.... Finding gold treasure is VERY exciting. Cheers, RickO

  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,681 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Splendid find!

  • TurtleCatTurtleCat Posts: 4,589 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congrats! I’m envious!

  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,479 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 8, 2022 9:02AM

    Wow! It's kind like finding a dream coin and not having to deal with a big auction house to get it. Usually an EF-40 grade gold dollar is not that attractive.

    The 1856-D along with the 1861-D and the 1875 gold dollars are the main reasons why I gave up on completing a set of the Type III gold dollars.

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  • kazkaz Posts: 9,065 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow, incredible find!

  • CentSearcherCentSearcher Posts: 226 ✭✭✭

    What a find! Cool story to it too

  • liefgoldliefgold Posts: 1,655 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BillJones said:
    Wow! It's kind like finding a dream coin and not having to deal with a big auction house to get it. Usually an EF-40 grade gold dollar is not that attractive.

    The 1856-D along with the 1861-D and the 1875 gold dollars are the main reasons why I gave up on completing a set of the Type III gold dollars.

    Thanks Bill. I will probably never be able to afford a 61-D, but I have the rest of the type III's. It is the only EF in the bunch, but I think it looks pretty good. Maybe a visit to CAC?

    liefgold
  • liefgoldliefgold Posts: 1,655 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Since the seller and I did not really know each other, we decided to each drive 3 hours and meet at a police station to do the deal.
    The real fun part was, as his wife was counting the stack of $100 bills he reaches into the back seat of the car and pulls out a zip loc bag filled with gold coins!!!! Had to be $60k worth. He wanted my opinion on which ones are worth submitting for grading. No super rare dates but some potentially higher grades.
    As I was looking at very nice St. Gaudens double eagle in a filthy plastic holder, he says "there is quite a story behind that one". As I mentioned, his uncle was a bit of a hoarder and after his death they were going through literal mounds of stuff at his apartment. Before they were able to finish, the building burned down! They found this $20 gold under water in the basement among the debris. The saddest part of the story was the fire destroyed a 1900's era baseball card collection valued at $150k.

    liefgold
  • ambro51ambro51 Posts: 13,604 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 8, 2022 12:06PM

    You’ll get the ‘61 D. Take this time, now, to “pre-enjoy” the moment one drops into your hands.

  • pocketpiececommemspocketpiececommems Posts: 5,741 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice looking gold 👍👍

  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,681 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations!
    I really like this coin and the story. 👍

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