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Jeff Garrett: This issue must be considered the “king” of all gold dollars and is one of the rarest US gold coins. The Charlotte Mint was the only Branch Mint to receive the new Close Wreath dies in time to strike the 1849-dated coins. All other branch mint issues are found with Open Wreath designs only. Probably just a handful of coins were struck in Charlotte with the Open Wreath dies. Waldo Newcomer discovered the variety sometime before 1933. It is estimated that currently five are known to exist, the finest being an MS 63, which sold for $493,500 in April, 2015. Other known examples of the 1849-C Open Wreath design grade from Fine to About Uncirculated.
Note: this coin is included among the 100 Greatest U.S. Coins (Garrett and Guth).
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