DESCRIPTION Choice Mint State 1899-O Liberty 10Only 5 Finer at PCGS1899-O Liberty Head Eagle. MS-63 (PCGS).
Overall medium-gold with traces of original peach patina scattered throughout. Satiny and lightly reflective in the fields, which works to emphasize the more frosty texture on the design elements. The surfaces are nicely smooth, with just a small mark on Liberty's cheek to serve as a convenient pedigree marker. Just shy of Condition Census, only 5 have been graded finer by PCGS.
The 1899-O is the rarest New Orleans Mint eagle struck after 1883, with a mintage of just 37,047 pieces. Mint State survivors are scarce in an absolute sense with the typical piece confined to the MS-60 to MS-62 grade range. Most Uncirculated 1899-O eagles extant are repatriations from foreign bank hoards that returned to the United States beginning in the mid 20th century. Since the vast majority of U.S. gold coins shipped overseas were roughly handled, this issue is a significant condition rarity at and above the MS-63 grade level. The offered piece would serve as a highlight in any numismatic cabinet.PCGS# 8743. NGC ID: 267K. http://www.pcgscoinfacts.com/Coin/Detail/8743http://www.ngccoin.com/NGCCoinExplorer/CoinDetail.aspxUCID=267K
PCGS Population: 17; 15.