I recently sold the 1854-O in AU53 in this collection in order to upgrade the 1860-O from AU50 to MS60PL. Although the set is no longer 100% complete, I consider this an upgrade to the set. The 1860-O is a truly unique coin as it is not only the finest known, but also the only 1860-O ever graded MS by either PCGS or NGC. The 1854-O, however, can eventually be replaced although I'm sure at a steep price.
The Arlington Collection is a private coin collection that consists mostly of Type 1 Double Eagles. When I started the collection, my goal was to stick to a range of XF40 through AU58, thinking at the time that the 1854-O and 1856-O were forever out of my reach.
But then the shipwrecks came along, especially the SS Republic. Mint state coins became available like never before. So the boundaries of the collection were changed to AU50 through MS65. Over half of the collection now consists of shipwreck coins. Sixteen of my SS Republic coins are the top graded coins from the shipwreck for the date, mintmark, and variety. You can see my complete shipwreck collection by clicking here: The Arlington Collection of Shipwreck Gold
The rarity ratings you see in my descriptions of each coin are my own after factoring in the coins from the SS Republic. Although many of the type 1 double eagles are hard to find with clean surfaces, you will not find any heavily abraded or deep contact marks on the coins in this collection. All the coins have great eye appeal even if they are graded as low as AU50.
But, I am not like Harry Bass Jr., or Louis Eliasberg Sr. I have limited resources and work at a normal job not unlike John Jay Pittmann. The 1954 King Farouk Auction was to Mr. Pittmann what the SS Republic is to me.
I am not a CEO, doctor, lawyer, or coin dealer. I am Jack Ackerman.
Highlights of The Arlington Collection:
The marquee coin in the collection in not the 1856-O, it is the:
1860-O MS60PL (SS Republic) - This coin is not only the finest known, but the only 1860-O graded mint state by either NGC or PCGS. It is also the only example of the 1860-O found in the shipwreck.
The top three graded coins in the collection are each from a different shipwreck:
1857-S MS65PL (SS Central America)
1865 MS65 (SS Republic)
1865-S MS65 (SS Brother Jonathan)
Other highlights include:
1854-O AU53 (Recently sold in order to add 1860-O)
1855-O AU58 SS Republic (one of only 3 found in the wreck, all AU58)
1856-O AU55 (NGC and PCGS have graded only 16 coins in total with 3 graded higher)
1857 MS63 (beautiful condition census with NGC grading only 2 higher, PCGS none higher)
1857-S MS63DMPL SS Central America (would not fit in this set so click this LINK to see it)
1859-O AU58 (look no clash marks, what do the experts know?)
1859-S DDO AU53 SS Republic (would not fit in this set so click this LINK to see it)
1861 MS63PL SS Republic (highest graded PL from the wreck)
1861-O AU58 SS Republic (unique, only example found in the wreck of any grade)
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