SOLD – $10.00 – 1854-O Small Date NGC AU55 CAC

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SOLD – $10.00 – 1854-O Small Date NGC AU55 CAC

2,500.00

Serial Number 3746949-002

PCGS Lookup Number 8614

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Small Date variety.

1854-O eagles are known with a Small Date and a Large Date variety. The former appears to be much scarcer than once realized and it appears for sale less often than the more visually arresting Large Date. The Small Date is very scarce in properly graded AU5, rare in AU58 and exceedingly rare in Uncirculated with just one or two known.

This naturally toned example shows rich russet hues which is unusual for this date as the few original pieces known tend to be a more green-gold hue. The strike is bold and even while the surfaces are choice with no serious marks noted. Both sides retain a considerable amount of mint luster and the reverse, on its own, is a full 58.

The only CAC approved AU55 example of this variety to sell at auction was a PCGS coin which brought $2,990 as Heritage 4/11: 6635.

In my opinion, the 1854-O Small Date is among the more undervalued New Orleans No Motto eagles and I can’t recall having handled one better than AU55 in quite a while.

CAC has approved six in this grade with three finer.