1879-O $1 MS (PCGS# 7090)

2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont #1188

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Lot Description
1879-O $1 MS65+ PCGS. CAC. The 1879-O Morgan dollar is frequently seen in the lower Mint State levels -- the average certified coin is somewhere between MS61 and MS62 -- but Gems are rare within the context of the series. PCGS has graded slightly more than 300 Gem 1879-Os, not nearly enough for the hundreds of thousands (millions?) of aficionados of the series. The present MS65+ is one of eight such at PCGS, and there are 14 finer (7/13). Radiant cartwheel luster emanates from each side of this untoned coin, and we are surprised this piece did not rank a Prooflike designation, given the high degree of contrast. There are few marks of any significance, and the strike is quite sharp for an O-mint product.
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