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    1899-S Ten Dollar, MS68+
    One of Only Three Liberty Eagles
    So Graded for the Entire Type
    Ex: Clapp-Eliasberg-Hall

    1899-S $10 MS68+ PCGS. CAC. Ex: Eliasberg-Clapp-Simpson-Hall. Stunning. Awe-Inspiring. Breathtaking. Those are a few of the words 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 Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. from the John H. Clapp Collection in 1942, this piece was purchased directly from San Francisco Mint for face value at the time of issue. While not a proof, it is described by Bowers and Ruddy in their 1982 sale of the gold portion of the Eliasberg Collection as a "specimen."

    While the term was obviously there used in the loose sense of the word, this coin is certainly a special piece that was set aside at the time of striking because of its near-pristine surfaces. It falls just short of perfection, as close inspection indicates a couple of tiny abrasions that are insignificant overall. It is sharply struck, beautifully lustrous, and is as close to perfect as one could ever expect to find. This is the single finest 1899-S at PCGS, and the NGC-certified MS69 is this same coin. A few wispy die cracks appear on each side near the peripheries. This stunning beauty could be the ultimate type example for the Liberty eagle series, and in fact it is one of only three for the entire type certified in this highest grade at PCGS (9/20). This piece is the plate coin in United States Coinage: A Study by Type by Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth.
    Ex: Obtained by John M. Clapp directly from the San Francisco Mint, December 1899, at face value; John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; United States Gold Coin Collection (Eliasberg Collection, Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1982), lot 820; Atherton Family Collection / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2010), lot 2218, where it was graded MS69 NGC.(Registry values: N1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 267L, PCGS# 8744)

    Weight: 16.72 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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