SOLD- $20.00 – 1859-O PCGS AU53 CAC, OGH

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SOLD- $20.00 – 1859-O PCGS AU53 CAC, OGH


Serial Number 8927.53/8407515

PCGS Lookup Number 8927

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Housed in an old green label holder and clearly undergraded by today’s standards; I think virtually anyone viewing this coin will call it a solid AU55.

The 1859-O is at least the fourth rarest double eagle from this mint and it closely rivals the 1855-O for status as the rarest collectable double eagle from this mint. Only 9,100 were struck and around 75-100 are known. Of these, fewer than two dozen grade About Uncirculated and I doubt if more than three or four have what could be termed as “positive” eye appeal. The typical 1859-O has been stripped and shows excessive abrasions. Pieces with original color and skin are rare, rare, rare!!

This fantastic coin comes from the same source as the 1861-O offered below and it is likely that they have been kept together for many years. It shows splendid rich yellow and orange-gold hues with darker accents on the relief details. The surfaces are superb for the issue with just a few small, shallow marks seen with the naked eye and these are well-concealed by the depth of the coloration. It has been years since I’ve seen an 1859-O which I’ve liked. This coin? I LOVE it…

No AU53 examples of this date have been auctioned since 2011 and no AU55′s have crossed the block since 2010. Heritage 8/14: 5696, graded AU58 by NGC, sold for $76,375 despite the presence of a large mint-made strikethrough in the left obverse field.

I haven’t seen a nicer 1859-O in over five years and I doubt if more than a small number are this choice, this original and this attractive. If you are a serious collector of New Orleans gold, you should strongly consider purchasing this coin and the 1861-O in PCGS AU53 which I am also offering for sale.

CAC has only approved six for the date. This includes two in AU55 and three finer (two in 58 and one in 58PL).

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