1856-S $10 MS (PCGS# 8621)
The March 2013 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 4259
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1856-S Liberty Eagle. AU-55 (NGC). Bright yellow gold with some olive iridescence in the somewhat prooflike fields. The surfaces are only minimally marked with no major distractions available to the unassisted eye. From a mintage for the date of 68,000 pieces with most of the known survivors from that production run found, curiously enough, in EF and AU; NGC lists scores of examples of the date in AU-55 and AU-58, though we point out they have only certified <em>three Mint State examples, </em>all of those MS-61. Choice for the grade and more elusive than the mintage figure suggests.