Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    1899-O Liberty Eagle, Stunning MS68+
    Purchased Directly From the New Orleans Mint
    The Single Finest O-Mint Gold Coin Known
    Ex: Clapp, Eliasberg

    1899-O $10 MS68+ PCGS. CAC. Ex: Eliasberg-Simpson. The 1899-O Liberty eagle is a coveted rarity in any grade finer than MS62. In Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint, third edition, Doug Winter writes:

    "The 1899-O remains the scarcest New Orleans eagle minted after 1883. This date has become popular in recent years, and high-grade examples (in this case MS63 and finer) have sold for hefty sums at auction and via private treaty."

    For most collectors, the finest accessible examples of this issue grade MS64 (five coins at PCGS and one at NGC), although a lone MS65 NGC coin appeared once in a 2009 Bowers and Merena auction. But none of these pieces are truly the finest 1899-O eagles known. That distinguished rank falls to just one coin, certified MS68+ PCGS -- the coin offered here.

    J.M. Clapp purchased this coin directly from the New Orleans Mint in 1899, and it remained in the Clapp estate until 1942, when Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. acquired the entire Clapp family collection. It then remained flawlessly preserved in the Eliasberg Collection, unknown to the numismatic world at large, until October 1982, when Bowers and Ruddy auctioned the Eliasberg gold pieces. It was given a grade of MS67 by the cataloger, an incredibly high rating for the pre-certification era. The coin appeared once more, still uncertified, in a 1988 Stack's sale, heralded as the finest 1899-O eagle known, and has not been offered publicly since.

    This piece is not only the finest 1899-O Liberty ten known, it is, in the worlds of specialist Doug Winter, "the single finest New Orleans gold coin I have ever seen." Essentially flawless original mint luster cascades unhindered across orange-gold, rose, and lilac surfaces, glistening over razor-sharp devices and seamlessly rolling through the fields in a captivating cartwheel effect. New Orleans gold pieces are virtually unheard of in any grade even close to this, let alone at this level. Gold circulated in the South, and of the contemporary collectors who did pursue gold coinage, few were keenly interested in the branch mint issues. One of these rare individuals was J.M. Clapp, and his acquisition of this piece directly from the Mint, followed by nearly a century of careful storage where it remained essentially untouched and out of the public eye, is all that has allowed this coin to survive in the condition it has. For New Orleans gold collectors, there is no more important opportunity than that which this piece presents, appearing here at auction for the first time in more than three decades. Population: 1 in 68 (1 in 68+), 0 finer. CAC: 1 in 68, 0 finer (8/20).
    Purchased directly from the New Orleans Mint by J.M. Clapp (1899); John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (1942); Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1982), lot 819; Les Fox via David Akers private treaty; Public Auction Sale (Stack's, 10/1988), lot 139.(Registry values: N1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 267K, PCGS# 8743)

    Weight: 16.72 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    View Certification Details from PCGS

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2020
    17th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 26
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,666

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Sold on Sep 17, 2020 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 16 days left to consign to the 2021 December 11 - 13 HKINF World Coins Signature® Auction !

    Learn about consigning with us

    I am confident that I made the right decision to work with you and Heritage. And so I want to express my gratitude for all of your help.
    Jim M. ,
    Robbinsdale, MN
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search