1852 Pattern Annular, or Ring-Form Gold Dollar. Judd-141, Pollock-169. Rarity-7+. Gold. Plain Edge. Proof-65 (PCGS). CAC. Obv: A simple design meant to test the concept, not to create an artistic coin for regular issue, with the legend USA above and the date 1852 below a central perforation. Rev: An open laurel wreath tied at the base with a ribbon is below the central perforation, the denomination DOLLAR is above. Both sides exhibit a fin or thin wire edge at the perimeter, and another from the central punch, intended to protect the devices. Gorgeous satin to semi-reflective surfaces exhibit a touch of silvery tinting to otherwise dominant orange-gold patina. The design elements are boldly rendered, and the appearance is as nice as would be expected for the Gem grade. The website <em>uspatterns.com</em> states that these are restrikes, circa 1859 or later. Examples are known in gold, silver, copper and nickel; Judd-141 in gold is rare with only about a dozen specimens extant. Highly desirable and seldom offered. From Heritages Long Beach Signature Coin Auction of February 2011, lot 4191.