1857-O $10 MS (PCGS# 8623)
The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 1741
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1857-O Liberty Eagle. Winter Variety One, the only known dies. AU-50 (PCGS). Liberty Eagle production at the New Orleans Mint dipped to just 5,500 pieces in 1857, giving this issue the third-lowest mintage among O-mint No Motto Tens. Survivors are among the rarest coins of their type, ranking third in both absolute and high-grade rarity out of the 21 deliveries in the O-mint No Motto Liberty Eagle series. Only the 1841-O and 1859-O are rarer.<br /> Dominant olive-khaki surfaces are dusted with pale-orange tinting that is not readily evident at all angles. A boldly struck, minimally worn AU with light glossiness to the texture, yet no individually distracting abrasions. Unknown in Mint State, the 1857-O is an obviously important find in the finer circulated grades.