1872 Liberty Head Eagle. EF-40 (NGC). Rich reddish-honey patina greets the viewer from both sides, the devices well defined overall and the surfaces retaining faint traces of original luster. The 1872 is a key date issue with a circulation strike mintage of only 1,620 coins. <em>PCGS CoinFacts</em> accounts for only 40 to 60 survivors throughout the numismatic grading scale. Unlike many similarly elusive eagles from its era there are actually a few Mint State coins known for the 1872. Only marginally less rare are AU survivors; most extant examples are in lower grades through EF, as here. The National Numismatic Collection in the Smithsonian Institution does not include a circulation strike 1872 eagle -- further testament to the rarity of this issue. This important coin will be just right for a highly regarded collection of Liberty Head gold.