1858-O $10.00 NGC AU58

By 1858, production of No Motto eagles at the New Orleans mint was winding down and only two issues were produced after this (1859-O and 1860-O). The 1858-O is moderately scarce although maybe a bit less than its mintage of just 20,000 would suggest. But it becomes hard to find in the higher circulated grades and it is very rare in Uncirculated with around a dozen known. The present example is one of the absolute nicest AU's of this date I've seen and it is a virgin original coin with splendid deep, even green-gold color on the obverse and reverse. The underlying surfaces are very choice with just a few tiny nicks seen here and there. I doubt this piece actually saw any circulation and the high spots lack the rubbing typical to the grade. It is hard to imagine that a much nicer AU58 example of this date exists!