I was born in the Deep South. My paternal grandparents were from Louisiana. Claiborne Parish. Their store that they ran as I was growing up really helped spark an interest in Numismatics. In fact, it DID spark my initial interest in coins. New Orleans as a child, and all the history there fascinated me. Pirates, Andrew Jackson, Indians, the bayou swamps, Alligators, and the big thing, the Civil War all competed for my attention.
I have loved gold for a long while. And all gold from New Orleans, especially the Eagles, have taken over my collecting interest for the most part.
It’s only fitting that the first Eagle I enter here, is the 1860. The last one struck, before this mint would be taken over by the confederacy, and ultimately shuttered for almost twenty years. In 1879 gold eagle production began again, along with the larger silver issues. Damn there are some very scarce dates in this run from 1840 to 1907. For many coins. Gold and silver.
All of these coins minted were quickly entered into commerce, and their high value and the low mintage figures for most years is the reason so few survivors are seen today except for the high mintage totals for just those few years that mintage figures exceeded 100k. Thanks to the repatriation of mini hoards found in Europe and South America In the 1990’s, we have these few survivors that we have today.
I started collecting coins in third grade.
Collecting gold coins back in the 1800’s if one even did, was only done for the most part by the very affluent. And those fortunate individuals usually collected by year, not individual mints.
Doug Winter believes there’s are no more than 115-130 $10 1860-O’s in captivity. In all grades. Having one north of the middle of 1-70 scale is a big honor and blessing for me. The population reports are very misleading due to resubmissions. More so for the scarcer dates like this coin. There may be less than a hundred of this year from this mint due to that one fact alone.
If you have read this far, thank you. And please join me as I attempt to complete a set that will be my crowning achievement in numismatics. I’m slowing way down as many of my dates left are the super tough ones.
We’ll see huh.
Thx for reading and taking a look.