The 1868-1871 Philadelphia double eagles have some similarities in rarity as all are tough issues in AU grades and very scarce to rare in Uncirculated. The 1869 is probably the most available of these four dates in AU58 but this choice "slider" has the sort of eye appeal that is almost never found on this date. There is a slight amount of rub on the obverse while the reverse is choice and it grades at least MS61 to MS62 on its own. The color is a pleasing orange-gold hue with some rose shadings while there are almost none of the deep marks often seen on this issue. Trends jumps to $9,000 in MS60 and it is hard to find an attractive, legitimately "new" 1869 for less than $10,000-12,500.