The Fairfield specimen. This is without a doubt the finest no motto dollar from the first two decades of coinage. Utterly flawless surfaces are graced by satiny luster and lovely light original toning.
Like most of the Seated Liberty Dollar dates in the 1840's, the 1849 is semi-scarce in all grades and tough in Mint State. Compared to the overall populations of the era, the 1849 is comparable in rarity to the 1840 and 1841, but it is not as rare as the 1844 and 1845, nor is it anywhere near as common as the 1842, 1843, 1846, and 1847. In Mint State, the 1849 is known by at least 75,and possibly 100, different examples, most of which are MS61 to MS64. Gems are exceedingly rare, but the 1849 is graced with one truly remarkable PCGS MS67 example, making it one of only two dates in the series with a coin in that grade.