1897-O Liberty Head Eagle. Winter-3. MS-61 (NGC). Fully struck overall with intense mint luster and pretty rose-orange patina. The 1897-O is the scarcest New Orleans Mint eagle from the 1890s after only the 1899-O. A few groups of coins located in foreign bank hoards account for most of the Mint State population, the typical example of which grades MS-61 or MS-62, as here. With so few examples graded finer, this aesthetically pleasing coin will appeal to advanced Liberty Head eagle collectors as well as New Orleans Mint enthusiasts.