1853 U.S. Assay Office $10 gold. K-16. Rarity-5. 900 THOUS. PCGS MS-60. Acquired by us at $18,400 and placed privately in August 2006 from the ANR Franklinton collection. There it was described as “Lustrous yellow gold, uniform on both sides. The piece is fully struck with sharp definition of the central details and rims. A few small digs, light scratches and other handling marks account for the grade assigned, but the lustre is nice and easily earned this piece the Mint State designation. PCGS has only graded six pieces finer, and most pieces tend to be in VF to AU categories. A nice example overall.”
Since that time, Heritage has attempted to auction (and perhaps has done so successfully in one or more occasions) another MS60 graded by NGC three times. These appearances are for the same coin with serial number 14574655-006 in Jun ’07; Jul ’09 and Oct ’09. Prior to any of these sales and the sale of the present coin, the price realized for another completely different NGC MS60 was $20,600 in Apr ’06.