The 1852-O may be the most available New Orleans Mint double eagle in high grades, but it is still a conditionally challenging issue that is typically offered in VF or XF grades. Doug Winter and Adam Crum (2002) describe the 1852-O as "
Scarce in About Uncirculated 55, rare in About Uncirculated 58 and
very rare in Uncirculated." A fully lustrous example with no signs of even the slightest rubbing so often seen on these coins. Virtually complete striking definition remains, and it points to an overall sharp strike on both the obverse and the reverse. The color is a warm, olive-gold shade that does assume more of an orange-gold appearance at direct angles. Minimally abraded, save for a couple of tiny abrasions on Liberty's cheek. These are mentioned solely as identifiers for future reference. An important coin, this lot represents the finest grade that most collectors will have the opportunity to acquire for this early-date, Type One New Orleans double eagle. (PCGS 8907)
US$ 22,000 - 24,000
£17,000 - 19,000