1870 25C BG-808 MS (PCGS# 10669)
The March 2012 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 7929
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A truly amazing example of an otherwise readily available variety. The reflective fields and frosty motifs are impressively lustrous and aglow with warm olive iridescence. Die State I, O of DOLLAR closed at top. This magnificent little link to the rich history of post-Gold Rush California has some interesting circular lathe lines from the die preparation process. Not only is the present specimen <em>the finest BG-808 certified by PCGS,</em> it is in rarefied company -- within the entire population of PCGS-certified California Small Denomination gold coins -- 24,951 pieces from MS-60 upward -- the firm has called just 19 separate coins MS-67, with no specimen finer than that grade within the entire population of the series. The present beauty is a must-have for anyone currently building a type set or and advanced cabinet of California Small Denomination gold -- you certainly won't find a finer specimen of the variety in today's numismatic marketplace!