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    1857-O Twenty, AU58
    Scarce and Often-Overlooked O-Mint Twenty

    1857-O $20 AU58 NGC. CAC. The 1857-O is a scarcer New Orleans twenty, one that has perpetually lived in the shadow of the 1854-O and 1856-O. Only 30,000 pieces were struck. An estimated 175 to 200 pieces are believed known today, but the vast majority are in lower grades. Even in lower AU grades, the 1857-O is not that uncommon. However, the breaking point for rarity seems to be at the near-Mint level. Only 24 such pieces have been certified by NGC with three finer (6/13).

    This particular coin most likely traces its pedigree to a hoard of four or five dozen pieces that surfaced in the mid-to-late 1990s. Those pieces have a common look, shared by this coin. Traces of semiprooflikeness is seen in the fields, and both sides are rather deeply toned. The strike details are uniformly strong, and each side is peppered with numerous small abrasions.(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 2694, PCGS# 8921)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    August, 2013
    8th-10th Thursday-Saturday
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