1856-O $10 MS (PCGS# 8620)
The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 1740
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1856-O Liberty Eagle. Winter Variety Two. AU-55 (NGC). With a mere 14,500 pieces produced, it should come as no surprise to read that the 1856-O is a challenging Eagle to collect in all grades. Writing in the 2006 edition of the book <em>Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint: 1839-1909</em>, Doug Winter accounts for only 80-90 survivors in all grades. With most examples grading VF or EF, this warmly patinated, khaki-rose coin is conditionally scarce at the Choice AU level. Lightly worn over more-or-less bold devices, with no individually mentionable abrasions to either side.<br /> The 1856-O is similar in overall rarity to the 1852-O and 1855-O and it is among the more highly regarded rarities in the New Orleans Mint Eagle series. It is ranked even higher in high-grade rarity and trails only the 1841-O, 1857-O and 1859-O as the fourth-rarest issue in this Southern gold series. Mint State coins are all but unobtainable.