1896-O $1 MS (PCGS# 7242)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 2707
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When offered in Mint State, the conditionally challenging 1896-O is apt to be heavily abraded, poorly struck and/or lackluster. This is a superior quality example, especially in light of the MS-61 grade returned by NGC. This coin exhibits a fairly sharp strike that even extends through the centers. Frosty mint luster is also uncommonly vibrant, and wispy abrasions include no individually mentionable distractions. Otherwise brilliant, a halo of golden peripheral toning on the obverse and reverse further enhances already memorable eye appeal.