Laibstain. Very nice example of a tough date in the series in superb gem. This example is silky and blasty white with a reasonably strong strike, showing a tad bit of weakness on a few obverse stars. Only two graded finer. Not as well known as the two issues that follow it from the New Oleans Mint (the 96-O and 97-O have long been known to be key coins in mint state, and are important in circulated grades, too), but still a coin that does not become available with any frequency in MS 65 or above.
David Akers: The 1895-O is a scarce issue in any mint state grade, and specimens better than Choice Uncirculated are very difficult to find. Gems are very rare, roughly comparable in rarity to Gems of the 1894-O and 1892-O among many other issues.
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