The South Texas Collection Coin Album
This is an extremely early striking of the 1854 D. The reason I make this statement is threefold. First and foremost is the die polish lines in the fields. They are not only visible but prominent, something I have never witnessed from another 1854 D. Die polish lines are typically seenin earlier strikes. Secondly the dentils are struck up and complete around the entire circumference of the coin on both obverse and reverse. So far we have found only three others like it. Thirdly the fields are semi-prooflike with this coin retaining over 95% of its luster. I have seen only one 1854 D with semi-prooflike fields, the Bass example which currently resides in the ANA Museum in Colorada Springs, CO. This should probably be in an AU 58 or higher slab for there is no evidence of wear, only contact marks from what would appear to be a very short stint in circulation. It was probably net graded because of a mint made laminationon the obverse that begins between the D of united and the S of states and extends to the eyebrow of the Indian Princess. A very unique1854 D with original crusty surfaces characteristics and an old gold/brownish/red hues in its coloring.