Cert #8650 21802348
Coin Number 116
Absolutely stunning quality for this rare and seldom seen issue. The fields are frosty with original mint luster, showing greenish gold tints as well. The strike is sharp and the surfaces show minimal handling marks from a coin which essentially barely circulated–if that. With the new reverse die that arrived in San Francisco, coinage continued with 11,500 pieces struck in combination with 8,500 No Motto pieces earlier in that year. The With Motto pieces number about 60 known, this one certainly at the top or nearly so of that select group. Experts who have viewed this coin noted that the Bass AU-55 was not as nice. Another handsome example to represent this elusive date and mint. Note the teeny tiny “S” mintmark on the reverse, gone is the big hulking “S” seen on prior San Francisco eagles!