1841-O Liberty Gold Eagle
The 1841-O Liberty Head Gold Eagle represented the first date of the denomination to be struck at the new Orleans Mint. Additionally, the issue is considered to be one of the rarest, although its mintage of 2,500 coins is not the lowest. That honor goes to the 1883-O with a mintage of 800 coins.
Heavy circulation apparently took its toll on the 1841-O Gold Eagle, leaving very few survivors. Perhaps fifty pieces are believed to exist in all grades, and not a single example has ever been graded in mint state by the major grading services. Every coin will exhibit at least some degree of wear, with most coins heavily circulated or with excessive bag marks.
The highest graded example of this coin is graded AU58 by NGC. Around ten pieces have graded AU55, although this may be inflated by resubmissions. Appearances at public auction are seldom. The last significant sale was for an example graded PCGS AU55, which brought $25,300.