||1853-O $10 AU53 NGC. Variety 1. This New Orleans issue, despite a moderately low mintage of 51,000 coins, is actually one of the more plentiful O-mint eagles in the Liberty Head series. Its availability, however, is primarily restricted to the VF to XF grade range. High-quality AU examples are difficult to locate. The issue is underrated when one considers that only a few Mint State pieces are known, none grading finer than MS61. This representative displays rich olive-gold patina and retains nearly complete detail on the devices. A tiny tick below Liberty's ear is the only surface flaw of note, giving this coin a high degree of eye appeal for the grade. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $1292.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.