SOLD – $10.00 – 1871 NGC AU55 CAC

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SOLD – $10.00 – 1871 NGC AU55 CAC


Serial Number 3110661-002

PCGS Lookup Number 8660

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There are a number of rare Liberty Head eagles from the Reconstruction Era and the 1871-P is clearly among these. Only 1,790 were produced and today there are probably not more than five to six dozen known in all grades. This date is very rare in properly graded AU55 and I have not personally seen a piece that I would grade Uncirculated although PCGS has slabbed one in MS60 (ex Bowers and Merena 3/00: 2446).

This is one of a tiny number of 1871 eagles that I have seen with natural color and the surfaces are covered with very attractive medium russet hues. The fields are a bit on the scuffy side but are still far cleaner than usual for the date and a good amount of original semi-prooflike luster remains intact. This is the best 1871 eagle that I have seen in many years and I believe that it qualifies as a Condition Census example.

The last AU55 1871 eagle to sell at auction was Heritage 1/11:7064 (graded by PCGS and not approved by CAC) which sold for $8,625. There have been just five auction records for AU55′s since 1999.

After years of neglect, rare Philadelphia eagles like this 1871 are finally coming into their own with collectors. This makes sense as the 1871 is a truly rare coin which is hard to find even in lower grades and one which is almost impossible to find with good eye appeal.

CAC has approved two in this grade with just one finer (AU58).