1852-O $10 MS (PCGS# 8609)
The November 2011 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 9690
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1852-O Liberty Eagle. AU-55 (PCGS). OGH. Whereas the 1851-O is one of the most plentiful No Motto eagles from the New Orleans Mint, the 1852-O is one of the rarest and most underrated in today's market. A mere 18,000 coins were struck for the 1852-O, and Doug Winter (<em>Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint: 1839-1909</em>, 2006 edition) accounts for fewer than 100 survivors in all grades. With minimal wear, bold to sharp devices and much of the original semi-prooflike finish remaining, the present example is rare from both absolute and condition standpoints. Even orange gold patina, with no singularly distracting abrasions among the scattered handling marks. A significant find for the advanced Southern gold collector, especially given the virtual lack of Mint State survivors.