1825/1 $Capped Bust $5 Gold, NGC graded Mint State-61. An important and underrated rarity in the US gold series, with perhaps 25 or fewer specimens known of the date including the specimen in the Smithsonian and the ! one on display in the ANA museum. The obverse is nicely prooflike while the reverse shows dramatic cartwheel luster. The strike is bold and nicely detailed throughout, and the overdate characteristic is easily visible. As expected at this grade level, there are scattered handling marks and abrasions, none of which stand out individually. Check the pop reports on this one you will be amazed. It has always been a mystery to us why this date does not trade well into the six figures; perhaps one day it might. This specimen traces its pedigree to the Federal Brand Enterprises’ “Million Dollar” 1963 FUN sale, January 1963, Lot 4184.
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