David Akers (1975/88): The 1827 is extremely rare and all but a few of the known specimens are uncirculated, some of them gem quality. The 1827 is more rare than the 1821, 1825/1 or 1826 and also somewhat more rare than the 1824. It is not quite as rare as the 1815, 1819, or either 1828 but nevertheless, I would estimate that at most 20 specimens exist including just two or three proofs. The EF listing in the Farouk catalogue is misleading and inaccurate since the cataloguers were (1) unfamiliar with grading early U.S. gold coins and (2) guilty of the worst cataloguing style in numismatic history (a book could be written on the subject). The coin is the same one that later appeared at the 1976 ANA Sale where it was more correctly catalogued as uncirculated.
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