400 Esplanade Coin Album
Winter Variety 2. This large date variety employs a date punch intended for a silver dollar. A small hoard of these came out of Jackson, TN and likely accounts for the number of higher grade specimens known. As such, large date 54-o's are easier to locate in higher grade than the small date variety.
Winter variety 1. The only known variety. Only 2500 examples were produced in 1841, and out of that only 50-60 are estimated to have survived. To date, only one coin has graded as high as AU58 and no unc's are known. This coin is a nice evenly circulated example that appears wholly original, thus well deserving of that little green bean.
Winter variety 2. The o is lower than var 1. Var 1 uses the 41-o reverse. Only 27,400 eagles were produced in 1842. There are 3 known unc coins including only one (MS63) at PCGS. This coin is more available than the 41-o but very difficult to find in higher AU grades according to Winter.
Winter variety 2: Ex: Bass. The date is sharper than on V1, and the advanced cracks are not seen on the reverse. A grease spot is seen streaking across the reverse but not detracting. This coin was previously Bass IV:600. Though the coin has changed hands a time or two since the Bass sale, it was purchased from Doug Winter. Thank you Doug for finding great coins! Bass via Stanley Kesselman 2/71, earlier from Grant Pierce 5/65.
Winter variety 1. This date is notable for one of the most important coins produced by the New Orleans Mint...a remarkable NGC PR66 that traded for 1.5 mil!!! It is not known why this single proof was produced. My coin is housed in an old green holder. The luster is satiny and clean and this could be a candidate for an upgrade. Thanks again to Stephen Davidson for locating this coin.
Ex: SS New York. Winter variety 6. The SSNY was built in 1837 and shuttled between Galveston and New Orleans weekly until a gulf hurricane sank the ship on Sept 7, 1846 killing 17. 36 survived by holding onto ship debris for 2 days while awaiting rescue. The ship's manifest revealed a haul of 30-40k in gold, silver, and banknotes, but news of the shipwreck was soon lost among stories of the Mexican-American war battles. In 1990 a newspaper article appeared that ultimately led to discovery of the wreck. Local shrimpers' maps listed this area as a 'snag' and using only electronic fish finder equipment, the wreck was located by an oil field worker and a diver. It wasn't until 2007 that a full-scale recovery took place revealing treasure coins from all 3 Southern mints. Unfortunately the silver coins were etched or corroded by salt water, but the gold was largely unaffected. This date is known for several varieties including blundering of the date and repunching. The date is repunched up and far to the right with evidence of an 84 low and left of the date. A die crack extends from the rim through 45. There are die lines through TY of liberty. The mint mark is centered over the left upright of N. Formerly NGC MS61cac.
Winter Variety 1: normal date. The average 1855-o is heavily abraded and has lack luster eye appeal. This coin may be a rare exception. The surfaces are relatively smooth and ample luster remains in the protected areas. Typical weakness is noted centrally on the obverse, but the reverse is well impressed especially at the claw and left facing leg. There are only 2 known uncirculated coins, both MS61s in PCGS holders. Less than 100 of the original 18,000 are thought to have survived.
Winter variety 1: the only known variety. This coin has no known provenance and has never been to auction. It is a remarkably proof-like coin especially on the reverse and I suspect it may have been dipped at one point in time as the obverse is a bit bright. It has the look of a 61 with a trace of wear on the high points.
Winter variety 1: the only known variety. This coin has no known provenance, but on close inspection a lot of dirt is seen in the protected areas ie.- around the stars, within the numerals. I suspect this coin might be from the Tennessee Hoard of 1985...but no proof exists. This coin is so super-original with a beautiful matte finish. It is very minimally abraded just as the pictures show and in my opinion is quite conservatively graded.
Winter variety 1. Ex. SS Republic. In October 1865 after the Civil war ended, the ill-fated sidewheel steamship left New York en route to New Orleans with gold, silver, and commercial cargo to resupply the depleted Southern economy. The ship sank one week later 100 miles SE of Savannah, GA on October 25 in a hurricane. Passengers and crew escaped, but the ship and her booty were lost. In 2003, Odyssey Marine Exploration located the wreck and began the process of recovery. Some amazing rarities came out of the treasure, including the 2 finest known 59-o $10s. Sea salvaged silver coins from the wreck were etched by decades of exposure to salt water. However, the gold coins were largely unaffected. This coin is amazingly well preserved though abraded. I cannot find rub on this coin, but perhaps muted luster on the obverse prevents a higher designation. The protected areas are bright and prooflike, and the reverse is easily MS62. The 1859-o is the rarest "No motto" eagle with a total mintage of 2300 and survival is estimated at 45-55 coins.
Winter variety 1. The only known variety. The mintage of the 1860-o was an anemic 11,100. Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth call this issue "an underrated sleeper in the series." In addition, it concludes a 20-year run of O-mint gold eagles, interrupted by the outbreak of the Civil War. Eagle production at the New Orleans mint would not resume until the mint was reopened in 1879. This coin has a lot of luster and mirroring that appear dull and dark with amateur photography skills. The coin is nicely struck and not too baggy. Also note that a diagonal line extending through the shield is on the slab itself, not the coin. To date (summer '09) only 1 submission has achieved unc status at PCGS, compared to a mere 4 at NGC.
Winter variety 1. Ex: Admiral Collection. Definitely not a 55...already at least a half dozen from this collection are in a holder 1 or 2 levels higher. This iPhone image is not representative of this coin's proof-like beauty and scratches/haziness are on the holder. There is no wear and there is no visible difference in this coin and the professionally photographed 80-o MS61 in this collection.
Winter variety 1. The only known variety. The New Orleans Mint was given the task of mass producing silver dollars after re-opening in 1879. This led to diminshed or even non-production of other issues. The 10,820 mintage of the 1882o Eagle is robust compared with preceding years. However, few were set aside making mint state examples an extreme rarity. Probably less than 10 exist at the MS60 level and only 2 are known as high as MS63. Most of the higher grade examples have been located in the 90s from small hoards found in Europe. This coin has no noticable wear to the unaided eye and impressive prooflike fields. The strike is far better than average and actually impeccably sharp at the center.
Winter variety 1. The only known variety. Commercial demand and a paltry mintage of 21,335 have resulted in an issue that is nonexistent in gem quality and difficult in higher grades of mint state. However due to current market forces and collector interest, this date is a bargain when compared to the $3 1854-o with a similar mintage. It is presumed that a moderate number were shipped to Europe and many were also melted. This example is beautifully struck with satiny soft luster on both sides. There are remarkably few heavy marks for the grade.
Winter variety 1. The only known variety. A low mintage of 28,688 pieces ensures that the 1892-O is a better date regardless of grade. However, many find this a difficult issue to collect because of the lack of unabraded, stand-out coins. This date is virtually nonexistent below AU suggesting it was not released for circulation. Several substantial hoards have been located in the 90s accounting for run up in mint state pieces. Population reports indicate over 100 have achieved the grade of MS61 and the same for MS 62. In MS63, it becomes a formidable rarity as only 4 submissions have achieved this designation at PCGS (none at NGC). None are graded any higher at either service. The typical 1892-O is inundated with small marks, which often impair field luster. This coin is sharply struck with impressive eye appeal and a relative lack of heavy marks. The fields are highly lustrous with a yellow-orange obverse that eases into yellow-gold on the reverse.
Winter variety 1. The only known variety. The 94-o has a mintage higher than the previous 3 issues combined, yet it is a decidedly rarer coin in higher uncirculated grades. This issue was obviously needed for commercial usage as many circulated pieces are known. Only one gem is known at NGC and only one has graded higher than MS63 at PCGS. This is a later die state example with faint die cracks running through the reverse lettering and obverse stars.
Winter variety 1. The only known variety. Apparrently a handful of these were set aside at the time of issue including the Eliasberg-Clapp coin acquired directly from the mint for face value. There is at least one MS67 in addition to a couple of MS66s. This is an issue that is generally regarded as harder to locate in lower grades through lower mint state grades.
Winter variety 1. The only known variety. With a mintage of 112,771, the 1903-o is the most common eagle from the New Orleans Mint. It is also the only gold coin issued from the mint that year. A nice MS63 coin is obtainable with a little patience, though it becomes an extreme rarity in gem (1 in 66 at PCGS, 1 in 65 at NGC).
Winter variety 1. The only known variety. Hundreds of these have been located overseas in the last decade according to Doug Winter. There is one interesting coin for this issue, possibly a specimen or proof strike. A note accompanies the coin, "First Gold Coined 1904, W.J.Bromphy, Coiner US Mint, $10.00 and $5.00" Interestingly, no gold half eagles are currently known for this date?!?!