1899-S $10 MS69 NGC. Ex: Eliasberg. Stunning. Awe-...
Unbelievable MS69 Eagle, Ex: Clapp, Eliasberg1899-S $10 MS69 NGC. Ex: Eliasberg. Stunning. Awe-Inspiring. Breathtaking. These are only a few of the words that one could use to describe the beauty of this spectacular piece, perhaps the finest Liberty Eagle that we have ever had the pleasure to behold. Like most of the other S-mint coins obtained by Eliasberg from the John H. Clapp collection in 1942, this piece was purchased directly from the United States branch mint in San Francisco for face value at the time of issue. While not a proof, it is described by Bowers & Ruddy in their 1982 sale of the gold portion of Eliasberg's collection as a "specimen." While this term was obviously there used in a loose sense of the word, this coin is certainly a special piece that was set aside at the time of striking because of its nearly pristine attributes. Alas, it isn't perfect, as very close inspection indicates a couple of tiny abrasions that are seen only after close inspection, but we won't cast the first stone to fault this piece, as any collector of this denomination knows that bagmarks are the rule rather than the exception on this big, heavy gold coin (we have seen many Gem graded examples that, quite honestly, weren't all that pretty because of a number of noticeable abrasions). It is sharply struck, beautifully lustrous, and is as close to perfect as one could ever expect to find. One of the finest graded examples of the type in existence, and the finest certified for the date by NGC by a full four points. A stunning beauty that could be the ultimate type example for the Liberty Eagle series. Population: 1 in 69, 0 finer (4/04). (#8744) (Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 267L, PCGS# 8744)
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