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1851-O G$1 MS65+ PCGS #7516

Winter variety 1. Blanchard

1851-O $20 MS61 PCGS #8905

Winter variety 1. Probably the only major variety known. The 51-o is the most common double eagle from the New Orleans mint. However, it is still rare. In high grade AU and Unc, it becomes very hard to locate.

1851-O 3CS MS66 PCGS #3665

These coins must have been difficult to produce as evidenced by die clashing and incomplete strikes. Nevertheless, this issue enjoys enduring popularity as the only mint-marked trime. From Pinnacle Rarities 1/10.

1857-O H10C MS67 PCGS #4366

V-1. high date, die crack thru stars 1-5. low 7 in date. vertical line at rock base on left. With a mintage of 1.38 million, the 1857-o is a relatively common date. Apparently a number were set aside in mint condition as Al Blythe's 1992 reference on the series only rates the '57-O as R.3 in Unc. From the #1 ranked, retired Sounder Type Set at NGC.

1891-O 10C MS66 PCGS #4707

Fortin 106a. O/O. The 8 & 9 are repunched at the bottom. The attribution is clinched as the remnant of an o is visible within the medium o. See small image. Heavy die clashing is seen at the right of lady liberty. This is the late die state as cracks are beginning to form on either side of the mint mark.

1909-O 10C MS66 PCGS #4852

The last year of the New Orleans mint's operation at 400 Esplanade Avenue produced some notable rarities in the series. Perhaps the most popular is the $5 Indian...also a one year type.

1856-O 25C MS65 PCGS #5439

Briggs 7F: This is an exceptionally struck coin. The obverse stars are all well struck and unlike the listing described in Briggs reference. The luster is remarkable and not well captured by the photography. Ex: Gardner.

1860-O 50C MS65 PCGS #6300

WB-105: recut mintmark. For a New Orleans issue, the 1860-o is a common date. However, there are few New Orleans coins with such a beautifully original patina. This coin was formerly NGC 66* and I have no idea why it was crossed. From the Malibu Collection 11/10.

1906-O 50C MS66 PCGS #6506

Ex. Eliasberg.

1860-O $1 MS64 PCGS #6950

The US Mint released its inventory of silver dollars in 1962-4. It is uncertain how many 60o dollars included but it is accepted that between 1k-6k were let go. The majority of 60o dollars are heavily abraded from rough handling during yearly mint accounting. The Bowers-Borckardt silver dollar Encyclopedia quotes Bruce Amspacher who wrote, "The average BU 1860-O dollar earned the nickname of 'Quaker Oats dollar,' because it looks like it was shot from guns."

1898-O $1 MS67 PCGS #7254

This is one of three Morgan Silver Dollar issues, along with 03-o and 04-o, that had been considered rare prior to release of the Treasury Hoard of the 1960s. Of the 4.44 million 98-o dollars, a substantial percentage was set aside and eventually distributed through the Federal Reserve System in late 1962. Few, however, show the well preserved surfaces seen on this piece. This coin is all white and only has light grazes that show up amazing well on these high resolution scans.

1839-O $2.50 AU58 PCGS #7701

Winter Variety 1. High date, wide fraction. The 39-o was the first gold coin produced at the New Orleans Mint, the only Classic Head issue, and the only gold issue with the mintmark on the obverse. Many were likely kept as souvenirs as a half dozen are known in near gem.

1847-O $2.50 MS64 PCGS #7747

Winter variety 1. Ex: Bass. The one is buried in the dentils and is doubled at its base (Obv1). The Mint Mark is penetrated by arrow feathers and is centered over the fraction bar (RevA). The provenance is not on the holder but matches the Bass II 407 coin, formerly PCGS MS63 at the time of sale in October 1999. There is a copper spot on the reverse at the 2. Thank you Stephen Davidson for locating this coin.

1854-O $3 AU55 PCGS #7971

Winter variety 2. The more common variety struck from lapped dies. The 1854-o is the first year of issue and the only $3 coin produced at the New Orleans branch mint. With a total mintage of 24,000, most of the coins were presumed to be released into circulation or melted. Only 2 mint state examples are currently slabbed by PCGS (an MS61 and an MS62). Though around 1000 are preserved in PCGS and NGC slabs, the popularity among us collectors make this a difficult date to locate in any grade.

1893-O $5 MS63 PCGS #8385

Winter variety 2. High date with no reverse die cracks, scarce variety. At 110,000, the 93-o is the second most abundant half eagle minted in New Orleans. It is the most available half eagle in MS. No gems are known at PCGS. Most are heavily abraded or impaired from being shipped loosely in bags, with a number going directly to Europe.

1909-O $5 MS62 PCGS #8515

Winter variety 1. The only known variety. Bold MM. This coin is housed in an old green holder and in hand it has the most striking rose orange color. I suspect this coin would make a strong candidate for a higher grade.

1848-O $10 MS64 PCGS #8600

Winter variety 1. Ex: Warren Miller. The rarity of MS64 'no motto' Eagles from the New Orleans mint cannot be overstated. Fewer than 10 are likely to exist at MS64 and above.