Professional numismatist and rare coin dealer Doug Winter recently posted his analysis of the Dr. Steven Duckor’s gold dollar collection that sold at the Heritage 2014 Platinum Night auction session, August 13, 2015, ANA U.S. Coins Auctions in Chicago, Illinois.
The collection contained two of the finest know Charlotte and Dahlonega one-dollar gold coins.
The Duckor collection contained just one coin from the Charlotte mint but it was a doozy: the finest known 1849-C Closed Wreath in PCGS/CAC MS64. I sold the coin to Steve for $31,500 in 2014. It brought $49,350, a price which I thought was aggressive but not out of line for a first-year-of-issue, population 1/0 Charlotte coin which was actually very choice for the grade.
Steve’s one Dahlonega gold dollar was another killer: the finest known 1855-D, graded MS64 by PCGS and approved by CAC. Given that this coin was being exposed for the first time in years to non-specialists (i.e., it was being offered as part of a non-Dahlonega collection) I thought it could be an absolute runaway. It sold for $164,500 which is a record auction price for the issue but which, to be honest, was a little less than the $175,000-185,000+ I thought it might bring.
To read Winter’s complete analysis of the collection and see pictures of these two branch mint coins: The Duckor Collection of Gold Dollars: A Post-Sale Analysis.