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Obverse of 1879-O Eagle     Reverse of 1879-O Eagle


PCGS No: 8685


Circulation strikes: 1,500
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 26.8 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10% 

Weight: 258 grains (16.7 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans, LA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-55, Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1821, "An extremely rare date in any condition with coins at this grade level being about as nice as one could ever hope to obtain.  Mint State examples of this issue are virtually nonexistent.  The first New Orleans Mint issue of this type and the second lowest mintage of any date $10.00 gold piece struck at the New Orleans Mint.", plated, unsold

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1042 @ $5,980.00

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1822, plated, sold for $3,450.00

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 3 AU-58's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service