Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has graded the Hornets Nest Collection, the first complete set of Charlotte Mint gold coins ever assembled. Notably, the collection includes an NGC VF 20 specimen of the legendary 1849-C Open Wreath Gold Dollar, one of the rarest United States coins.
The seed of the Hornets Nest Collection was planted during Christmas of 1987, when the collector’s wife gifted him his first Charlotte Mint gold piece: an 1856-C Quarter Eagle that she purchased on a special trip to Hyatt Coins in Charlotte. Intrigued by the history and rarity of the gold coins of the Charlotte Mint, the collector embarked on a seemingly impossible journey to build a complete collection of its coins. After a nearly three-decade labor of love, the Hornets Nest Collection was completed with the purchase of an 1842-C Small Date Half Eagle which is now graded NGC AU 58.
(article courtesy of NGC)