1859 $10 MS (PCGS# 8628)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4511
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This 1859 eagle is the sole second finest certified between both grading services. The strike is outstanding on all the devices, including the eagle's claws and Liberty's tiny hair curls. The satiny surfaces are toned a rich orange-gold throughout. This coin is a delight for the date and mint specialist who demands high quality.<br />
<strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers<br />
</strong>In terms of condition rarity the $10 gold series from 1838 to 1866, the type without motto, is one of the most difficult series to obtain in Mint State. Some just completely do not exist at this level. Others do exist, as here, but are major rarities.