David Hall: The incredible MS68 Eliasberg coin was earlier from the John Clapp collection. John Clapp purchased many of his coins directly from the mint in the year of issue. The quality of the Clapp coins is off the charts. But the interesting thing about Clapp is that he looked at coins they way we do today at a time when virtually no one was as quality conscious as we are today. The Clapp coins are enough to make one believe in time travel.
Gordon Wrubel and I purchased the Clapp-Eliasberg MS68 1899-O $10 in the Eliasberg sale for $24,000. We immediately sold it to a West Coast collector. The coin traded hands several times and Van Simmons and I were fortunate enough to handle it again in the late 1990s and sell it to an overseas collector where it still resides today.