1872-S Liberty Head Eagle. AU-50 (NGC). Handsome medium gold surfaces retain plenty of semi-prooflike reflectivity to entice the advanced collector. Sharply defined overall. Despite its standing as one of the more common Liberty Head eagles from the 1870s, the 1872-S is scarce in an absolute sense and rare in grades above EF. With so few Mint State coins certified (just two, in fact: PCGS MS-60 and NGC MS-61) this attractively original AU represents the finest in quality for the issue that most collectors can realistically hope to acquire.