||1881 $10 MS64+ NGC. CAC. The 1881 eagle is an excellent example of a condition rarity. Thousands of pieces have been certified in MS62 and lower grades, and there are hundreds of survivors in MS63, due to many bags of the issue that surfaced in European vaults. In MS64, the date's availability plummets to only 50 coins at NGC and PCGS combined (3 in 64+), with just three finer (8/14). Maintaining the pattern, the Smithsonian Institution contains some 73 examples of this date, but the finest grades only MS61, per Garrett and Guth. This high-end Choice example displays crisp detail and frosty luster. Each side shows soft rose-gold color, with the peripheries exhibiting brighter green-gold hues. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $7931.25. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.