1859-O $10 MS (PCGS# 8629)
The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 1743
View the Original Auction
1859-O Liberty Eagle. Winter Variety One, the only known dies. VF-35 (PCGS). The leading rarity in the No Motto O-mint Eagle series, the 1859-O has a paltry mintage of just 2,300 pieces. Doug Winter (2006) allows for only 45-55 survivors in all grades, most of which grade no higher than Choice VF. There is a lot of detail to this coin in the context of the assigned grade, and the technical grade might be better described as EF. We do, however, note light hairlining to the surfaces and a somewhat glossy texture that suggest net grading on the part of PCGS. Several wispy abrasions in the upper-reverse field are also worthy of note. Despite these features, the coin presents quite well for the grade with ample boldness of detail and rich orange-khaki color. An elusive find at all levels of preservation, the 1859-O Eagle always serves as a highlight of whatever collection in which an example is included.