1854-O $10 Small Date MS (PCGS# 8614)
The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 1734
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The first of two date logotypes employed in the production of 1854-O Eagles, the Small Date is a bit rarer than its Large Date counterpart in high grades. This variety is actually very scarce in an absolute sense with Doug Winter providing an estimate of just 150-175 survivors in the 2006 edition of the book <em>Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint: 1839-1909</em>. The present example is nicely defined in the centers with only the expected (for an 1850s O-mint Eagle) softness of detail over the obverse stars. Plenty of original luster remains, and it is readily evident despite the presence of light haziness in and around the centers. Uncommonly smooth for a circulated example, with dominant medium-orange color further enhancing an already impressive "look" for this conditionally rare survivor. Low pop!