1853 $1 BG-604 Eagle MS62

CERTIFICATION#: 21227761
PCGS#: 10520

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1853 BG-604 Gold Dollar is one of the most desirable of all the California Fractional Gold pieces.  It is certainly, the most valuable.  Jay Roe paid a reported $100,000 for the best of only two known examples.  When Roe's collection was sold in 2003, the coin realized $80,500.  In 2005, the coin resold for $82,800, and it would probably be worth over $100,000 again today.

The obverse of this variety features a Liberty Head facing left; the initial's "G.G." beneath the bust stand for Gaime, Guillemot & Co., for whom the coin was made by Frontier, Deviercy & Co.  The unique reverse of this variety has an unusual, fatty eagle with a crest atop its head resembling that of a cockatoo.  This is the only round Dollar with an eagle on the reverse.

The only other example known of this variety is Very Fine with weak centers.  That particular example has been off the market for decades.

Diameter: N/A Designer: N/A Edge: N/A
Mintage: N/A Weight: N/A Metal Content: Other

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 3 R-9.8 51 / 580 TIE 51 / 580 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 37 / 580 TIE 37 / 580 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 580 1 / 580

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PCGS MS62  

Plate coin in Breen-Gillio, second edition (2003)

Superior 9/1987:4487 - Goliad Corp, sold privately on 8/26/1991 via Mike Brownlee for a reported $100,000 - Jay Roe Collection - Bowers & Merena 9/2003:137, $80,500 - American Numismatic Rarities 7/2005:20, $82,800

Believed to be ex F.C.C. Boyd Collection - New Netherlands Fixed Price List of July/August 1957:5194, $225

2 VF20 estimated grade  

Waldo C. Newcomer Collection - T. James Clarke - Clarke:683 - Donald R. Hyink Collection