1854-O Liberty Double Eagle

The 1854-O Liberty Double Eagle is one of the great rarities of the series and a true prize for any collector. The mintage was a mere 3,250 coins, which were immediately placed into circulation. Approximately one percent of the mintage is said to have survived to the present day, representing approximately 30 to 35 coins.

Most of the surviving 1854-O Double Eagles grade very fine or extremely fine, with only three or four grading about uncirculated. There are no known examples in mint state grades.

The finest known examples of this issue are a few coins graded NGC AU 58. One of these examples, which was recovered from the wreckage of the SS Republic sold by private treaty for $675,000. More recently an 1854-O Double Eagle graded PCGS AU 55 sold for $603,750 at auction in October 2008.