SOLD – $10.00 – 1854-O Small Date PCGS AU55

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SOLD – $10.00 – 1854-O Small Date PCGS AU55


Serial Number 8614.55/32417741

PCGS Lookup Number 8614

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Small Date; designated by PCGS.

Varieties of 1854-O eagle are known with Small Date and Large Date logotypes. At one time, I regarded the Large Date as the scarcer of the two but I now believe that the Small Date is the more difficult to locate. The Small Date is typically seen in EF and the lower AU grades and most slabbed examples are not choice for the grade.

This lustrous yellow-gold example shows some small scattered abrasions but the overall quality of the surfaces is above-average for the date and grade. There is minimal wear, most of which is limited to the high spots on the obverse.

Only one PCGS graded AU55 1854-O Small Date eagle has sold at auction since the start of 2009. In April 2011, a PCGS/CAC AU55 went very reasonably at $2,990.

In my opinion, AU55 and finer 1854-O Small Date eagles are among the more undervalued issues from this mint’s No Motto production.