Laibstain. Hugon coin. A very special coin. One of my favorites with cameo-type contrast and unbelievable peripheral toning. Our previous example had been a very nice MS 65 that seemed like the best we would obtain. Then along came the Hugon Collection with many great coins in his set. This 1894-O is a masterpiece. Not one in 1000 mint state coins looks like this. Wish they all were this gorgeous. Strikes can vary for this date, but strong strikes are out there. Higher grade examples exist, but it would be hard for me to replace this coin with any other. There is a coin of this issue listed as MS 68 and it may be the one formerly in the Pryor collection with intense proof-like surfaces. The Pryor coin has not been on the market to our knowledge since it sold in 1996.
David Akers: The 1894-O is not only a low mintage issue by any means, but mint state examples are definitely scarce. In Gem condition, this issue is very rare...
S.H. & H. Chapman "George Eavenson Collection" 4/1903:610 - S. Benton Emery - Walter P. Nichols - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:801 - Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/1998:131 - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3870, $43,125 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3180, $32,200
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