Images courtesy of Ira
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.
August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins
recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic. Included were 99
1851-O Eagles, ranging in grade from Poor to MS-61.
PCGS MS-64. Bowers and
Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV
Sale", 11/2000:645, $29,900.00 From the Bowers and
Merena sale of the Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, October 1982, Lot
688; earlier from the John H. Clapp Collection and Elmer S. Sears; finest
example graded by PCGS
PCGS AU-55 (illustrated above). Ira
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California
Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1035, where it was described as
follows: "Well struck for the New Orleans Mint issue, the devices are
all crisp and defined. The surfaces are about average for the grade, with
moderate circulation marks which are most prominent in the fields.
Nevertheless, the coin has excellent eye appeal and is further enhanced by
delicate coppery toning on both sides. Only a handful are known in mint
state, most at the very low end of that grade, with similar marks and
perhaps slightly less wear. Therefore, this is about as nice as a
numismatist could expect to purchase, without spending a fortune for a
slightly--and we mean slightly--higher technical grade.
As with most seen, this piece has the hollow ring at the top of one of the
vertical shield stripes. Apparently this ring was on the master hub and
other dates also have this feature. It apparently was some sort of
centering mark used in making dies, similar marks have been noticed on
other denominations from the 1830s to 1850s and this would make an
excellent study for a numismatist.", $2,185.00
AU-55. Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass,
Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", 11/2000:646, $2,530.00 Purchased
from Ed Shapiro on April 7, 1969
ICG AU-53. Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet
of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", 03/2001:190, $747.50
AU-50. Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass,
Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", 11/2000:647, $1,265.00 Purchased
from Stanley Kesselman on April 28, 1967
ANACS AU-50. Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s,
"Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001,
Lot 9072, not plated, unsold
Fine-15. Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles'
"The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", 05/2001:1476, $230.00
Sources and/or recommended
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2004" by
Professional Coin Grading Service
"The NGC Census Report",
August 13, 2004, www.ngcoin.com