Fairfax Collection - Heritage 4/2013:4522, $30,550
David Akers (1975/88): Almost all examples of this date grade from Fine to EF. AU specimens are very rare and although uncirculated pieces may exist, I have never seen one. The 1851-C is more rare as a date than the 1847-C, 1848-C, 1849-C, 1850-C, 1852-C and 1853-C and comparable to all the C Mint coins from 1855 to 1860, even those with much lower mintages. Collectors needing this date generally have to be satisfied with VF or possibly EF.
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