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Natures Miracles - 4th

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About This Set: High-grade business strike examples of Liberty Seated Dollars (LSD) that escaped the melting pot only survive from scattered and seemingly random saving. The primary cause that continues to destroy the natural patina and skin on coins is cleaning which has many different forms and degrees. For decades chemical dips like potassium cyanide were recommended to strip away patina and leave coins bright. I strive to purchase examples with natural toning and original skin. My experience has proven that the overwhelming majority of knowledgeable numismatists prefer silver coins from this time period that display an antique look, and retain their original skin. The fact that specimens like these have beaten the overwhelming odds against them and survived with their natural surfaces is a miracle and makes them rare numismatic treasures.
This Collection of LSD is comprised of almost all, Choice AU, and UNC specimens. Every coin in this set was methodically selected for its natural premium quality surfaces, and superior eye appeal. After over 25 years of collecting this series I continue to enjoy the challenge of acquiring new coins and improving each example. Many examples have been upgraded multiple times. Forging friendships with fellow collectors and helping them build their collections has proven to be most rewarding. Accurately reproducing luster and vibrant colored toning is beyond my photographic skills. The toning descriptions are more accurate than the pictures because deep blue and purple colors appear as dark brown.

Natures Miracles

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1840 6926 1840 $1 MS63 8 6 86
A proof-like example with natural light to medium golden-brown toning. The left obverse margin displays an arc of lavender patina. The strike is good with minor softness on the crest of the left wing and stars 8 and 9. Very rare with proof-like surfaces. Ex-Gardner (CAC)
1841 6927 1841 $1 MS63 17 9 179
Well struck with pewter-gray and some golden-brown toning in the fields. One of the finest examples for the grade that I have seen. A very tough date in high grade with natural surfaces. (CAC)
1842 6928 1842 $1 MS63 23 19 2319
The vivid blue and green obverse center changes to gold and red at the rim. The reverses golden center turns to red, purple, and finally steel blue at the rim. The eye-appeal is outstanding. (CAC)
1843 6929 1843 $1 MS63 18 6 186
I paid up for this premium example due to it's attractive natural toning, strong strike, and smooth surfaces. A beautiful example of a naturally toned coin with it's original skin. (CAC)
1844 6930 1844 $1 MS62 15 12 1512
Deep purple-blue toning over sharp mark free surfaces. Original skin and technically an MS-63. The luster is subdued by the toning. (CAC)
1845 6931 1845 $1 MS62 5 4 54
Well struck with light golden-gray toning and absolutely no wear. I have seen several sliders in mint state holders. Missing from many major collections, extremely tough in UNC.
1846 6932 1846 $1 MS62 25 46 2546
Well struck silver-gray obverse, a golden periphery frames the reverse. Super original and attractive with only light reverse field hairlines limiting the grade. (CAC)
1846-O 6933 1846-O $1 MS62 10 11 1011
Deep apricot with purple highlights over smooth mark free surfaces. The toning is darker on the obverse high points, perhaps preventing a higher grade. Superb eye-appeal and a perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. One of my favorite coins. Ex-Silverman. (CAC)
1847 6934 1847 $1 MS62 15 41 1541
Sharp strike with gold toning clinging to the devices, blue, purple, and green colored fields. Wholesome natural surfaces with superb eye-appeal combine to produce one of my favorite coins. (CAC Gold) (Should upgrade).
1848 6935 1848 $1 MS62 11 9 119
Natural rich golden-lavender toning yields to vibrant blue at the periphery. Her below average strike showing weak stars and a smooth big toe are trumped by the rarity of her naturally toned smooth surfaces. (CAC)
1849 6936 1849 $1 MS62 11 40 1140
Well struck with the typical weakness in stars 9-12. Natural apricot colored toning deepens at the rims. Some light hairlines in the upper reverse field are all that prevent a higher grade. (PQ) (CAC)
1850 6937 1850 $1 AU58 21 37 2137
The beautiful natural blue-green obverse and deep turquoise reverse toning produce exceptional eye appeal. Striking weakness at 12 o'clock left Liberty's hair and star 7 smooth. A perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. The finest CH AU example I have seen. This is one of my favorites. An old purchase from Art Weisel. (PQ) (OGH) (CAC)
1850-O 6938 1850-O $1 AU55 14 20 1420
A wonderful crusty example with naturally toned mark-free surfaces. She proudly displays the prominent lumps in the reverse field from the rusted die used to strike this coin. The surfaces are a perfect example of what I believe an unmolested coin from this era struck at the New Orleans mint should look like. Many years passed before I located an example like this one. (PQ) (CAC)
1851 6939 1851 $1 MS61 2 17 217
An original strike with high date and fresh PL surfaces unlike so many of the surviving examples. This date has the second lowest mintage of the Philadelphia issues with only 1,300 coins produced. Minor obverse field chatter accounts for the grade. A very rare coin with original luster and great eye-appeal.
1852 6940 1852 $1 AU58 10 13 1013
Sharp strike with light iridescent toning over mark-free surfaces. This date has the lowest mintage of the Philadelphia issues with only 1,100 coins produced. The 2nd finest CH AU example I have seen. Ex-Sterling. (PQ) (CAC)
1853 6941 1853 $1 MS62 21 47 2147
Lustrous and well struck with silver and apricot toning that deepens at the rims. Great eye-appeal. (CAC)
1854 6942 1854 $1 MS61 4 20 420
Well struck with both sides draped in rich coppery toning that tends to minimize a few obverse field marks. A naturally toned mint state example of a tough date. Ex-Ric Leichtung.
1855 6943 1855 $1 MS62 10 8 108
Strong cartwheel luster makes this example pop. Some weakness of strike is easily over looked. Very rare in mint state with nice eye-appeal. I paid over PCGS price guide for this beauty. (PQ)
1856 6944 1856 $1 MS63 6 3 63
Subtle pastel colors blanket smooth surfaces. Some typical striking weakness is trumped by it's superior eye appeal and wholesome qualities. A perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. The finest MS-63 example I have seen. This is one of my favorites. (CAC)
1857 6945 1857 $1 MS60 3 42 342
Typical obverse strike that's weak around the periphery. hair, foot, and most of the stars. Purple-gray obverse center with a gold border, deep purple reverse with gold and turquoise peripheral toning. The surfaces are mark and hairline free. Although the luster is subdued by the toning this is the nicest MS-60 LSD I have seen. I am convinced that today it could grade MS-62. Years ago when this coin was graded the graders would often deduct points for a weak strike. Unfortunately the vast majority of 1857's were weakly struck. (PQ) (OGH)
1859 6946 1859 $1 MS63 15 8 158
Razor sharp strike with smooth mark free surfaces. The details are so sharp that this coin could easily be mistaken for a proof. Golden toning clings to the devices and peripheries.
1859-O 6947 1859-O $1 MS63 65 36 6536
Attractive gray toning with pink and lavender highlights on both sides. This natural toning resulted after many years of storage in a paper envelope. Non-hoard coins with original skin, attractive toning, and mark free surfaces are uncommon. They are a refreshing contrast to the vast majority of Treasury release coins, which are untoned or have been dipped and show many contact marks from long-term storage in mint bags. (CAC)
1859-S 6948 1859-S $1 MS62 9 9 99
Lilac toning covers smooth well struck surfaces. This date often comes with bag and scuff marked surfaces. Attractive mint state examples are very rare. I am convinced that this premium quality example has the potential to grade MS-63. (OGH) (CAC)
1860 6949 1860 $1 MS63 23 32 2332
Well struck with deep natural toning, darkest around the periphery. This toning pattern is evident on many original early coins. The surfaces are well preserved making this a choice example. (CAC)
1860-O 6950 1860-O $1 MS63 80 38 8038
Proof-like fields with golden obverse peripheral toning. The reverse fields display vibrant green and blue toning bands. This coin was sold as a gem in the 1980's. Light hairlines in the obverse field limit the grade. Although this is the most common date in the series the beautiful natural toning give this example exceptional eye-appeal. (CAC)
1861 6951 1861 $1 MS63 14 30 1430
Smooth satiny surfaces display golden/gray toning with blue/green around some stars and the reverse letters. Both sides have a splash of russet toning around the periphery. A wonderful example of a naturally toned seated dollar from the civil war era. From an old-time collection this coins surfaces are pristine making it one of my favorites. (CAC)
1862 6952 1862 $1 MS62+ 2 37 237
A fully struck example with lightly abraded fields that display proof-like flash and a hint of chestnut-gold toning. The fields shows many die striations caused by excessive die polishing; a characteristic shared by the vast majority of coins struck this year. (CAC)
1863 6953 1863 $1 MS64 15 9 159
This near gem is well struck with natural toning compliments of an old Wayte Raymond album. The pristine surfaces display apricot and lavender colored toning. Superb eye appeal and a perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. This examples natural surfaces make it one of my favorites. (CAC)
1864 6954 1864 $1 MS63 7 18 718
A superb example from an old-time collection where it was stored in an envelope and naturally acquired beautiful multicolored toning over several decades. The combination of surface quality, original skin, and appealing natural surfaces, make this a premium quality civil war survivor and one of my favorites. (CAC)
1865 416925 1865 $1 MS62 1 817
Well struck with natural amber colored toning. This final year of the civil war issues share a common trait with the other wartime issues. All are difficult to find with original surfaces and good eye appeal.
1866 Motto 6959 1866 $1 MS62 11 39 1139
A sharp strike with a deep blue obverse and a purple and gray reverse. Original skin over mark free surfaces suggests a higher grade, perhaps the subdued luster prevented a higher grade. Ex-Liz Coggan. (PQ)
1867 6960 1867 $1 MS62 14 25 1425
The TrueView image captures natures palette of colors on this attractive example. The mark free surfaces, luster, and original skin combine to produce exceptional eye-appeal. An absolutely gorgeous and naturally toned example that has upgrade potential. A superb example and one of my favorites. (PQ) (CAC)
1868 6961 1868 $1 MS64 7 4 74
This near gem displays absolutely pristine surfaces covered with multicolored toning. This example is from the same old-time collection as my 1861, both coins were stored in envelopes for many decades. Superb eye appeal and a perfect example of a beautiful and 100% naturally toned seated dollar. (CAC)
1869 6962 1869 $1 MS61 10 36 1039
Well struck with blue-green and rose-gold toning on both sides. The obverse toning is deeper than the reverse. Several obverse reed marks limit the grade. Nice eye-appeal. (CAC)
1870 6963 1870 $1 MS63 23 25 2325
Deep purple and gold toning subdues the obverse luster. The rainbow colored reverse toning is spectacular, displaying a lustrous vibrant orange-gold and purple patina. A perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar.
1870-CC 6964 1870-CC $1 AU58 17 17 1717
The medium silver-gray obverse center deepens toward the periphery. Deep charcoal gray reverse fields with lighter gray devices. Naturally toned, mark and hairline free surfaces on this the first of the Carson City dollars. The reverse toning is very dark and will not appeal to some numismatists. That said this example has the most natural unmolested surfaces of any CH AU example I have seen.
1870-S 6965 1870-S $1
1871 6966 1871 $1 MS63 44 58 4459
Rich olive and gray with traces of soft blue and russet clinging to the stars and devises. The reverse displays gold, orange, and brown toning. Mark free surfaces with subdued natural luster. (CAC)
1871-CC 6967 1871-CC $1 XF45 14 23 1423
Attractive natural deep gray surfaces that exhibit gorgeous gold, blue, and iridescent toning on both sides. The surfaces are smooth and free of imperfections. I was taken with this example when it appeared at auction in early 2009, but was unable to acquire it at that time. Several years later I jumped at my second opportunity to acquire it. This date has the lowest mintage of the four Carson City issues with only 1,376 coins produced. Truly a rare coin and the nicest CH EF example that I have seen. (PQ)
1872 6968 1872 $1 MS64 32 10 3210
Golden colored obverse and a beautiful turquoise and golden colored reverse. Original skin with luster radiating through.
1872-CC 6969 1872-CC $1 AU55 14 24 1424
Well struck with attractive natural deep navy/olive colored toning covering just a touch of high point wear. This date has a mintage of only 3,150 coins and is very rare in CH AU with original surfaces. A perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar. This is the second finest CH AU example I have seen and one of my favorites. (PQ) (CAC)
1872-S 6970 1872-S $1 AU58 5 12 512
Mottled purple and blue toning on both sides. The reverse is spectacular with luster that brings the toning alive. One of the finest CH AU examples I have seen. The mark free surfaces and original skin combine to produce exception eye appeal. The vast majority of high grade examples have been dipped and many display surface hairlines. The obverse does have some very light hairlines in the fields hidden under the toning but this is a minor distraction. A wonderful example of a beautiful and wholly natural seated dollar with a great provenance. Ex-Norweb/Share. (PQ) (CAC)
1873 Seated 6971 1873 $1 MS62 19 49 1949
Well struck with lavender-gray centers framed by purple, blue, and green peripheral toning. The mark free surfaces and original skin combine to produce exception eye-appeal. The finest MS-62 example I have seen, a perfect example of a beautiful and naturally toned seated dollar, one of my favorites. (PQ) (CAC)
1873-CC Seated 6972 1873-CC $1 VG10 9 75 975
Problem free natural surfaces with gray centers that gradually change to charcoal at the peripheries. The rarest Carson City issue with a mintage of only 2300. Finding a problem free example with natural toning in any grade is extremely difficult. (OGH) (CAC)


Great Set! I have a 1848 in MS63, 1864 in MS65 and 1865 in MS64. If interested, call Michael at 949-679-1222.

Posted @ 2/5/2015 12:26 PM By rcw

Wonderful Set! Should consider PCGS's TrueView on photography. They seem to do a real nice job on capturing the suttle colors that can sometimes appear grey or dark. Not that these pics are bad, I myself am terrible at coin photography, and you've done much better on these than I could have ever done.

Posted @ 5/26/2013 11:48 AM By Event-Horizon