1850 $10 Large Date MS (PCGS# 8603)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 5253
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The 1850 Liberty eagle can be found in both the Large and Small Date varieties, "...the former being much more common than the latter by a factor of approximately 3 to 1, depending on the data source." (per Garrett and Guth, 2006). These authors later continue that "Mint State examples are extremely rare, with a single MS-64 coin known as the finest." Thus this MS-61 offering will be quite the coup for the advanced gold specialist. The yellow-gold surfaces display reddish-gold highlights on both sides. Striking incompleteness is found at the high points, and this effect, when combined with the wispy and scattered abrasions, is the primary grade-defining characteristic.