1841-O $10.00 PCGS EF40

The 1841-O eagle is a significant issue for a variety of reasons. It is the first year of issue for New Orleans eagles and it has a tiny original mintage of just 2,500. It is the second rarest No Motto eagle from this mint in terms of overall rarity after the 1859-O but it is the rarest from the standpoint of high grade availability. It is unknown in Mint State and extremely rare in properly graded AU with less than ten known. While it is available from time to time in EF grades, most of these coins are dipped and very abraded with little or no eye appeal. This example has a great natural appearance with deep, even green-gold color. It shows very clean surfaces with fewer marks than normal and the strike is above average as well with good detail at the centers. In the recently-concluded Stack's Bowers 2012 ANA sale, a PCGS EF45 example of this date sold for $16,450 and I don't think it was significantly finer than the EF40 I am offering here for significantly less money. While prices have risen on this issue in the last few years, I think it is still very undervalued and I would buy an 1841-O sooner than later if you need one for your New Orleans eagle set.