As can been seen from the much lower mintage, the 1853-O double eagle is considerably rarer than the preceding double eagles from the New Orleans Mint. While scarce, collectors willing to settle for a Very Fine or Extremely Fine coin will have little trouble locating an example. Most of the coins seen are softly struck in the central portions of the design and high-grade examples are usually prooflike. A very small number was found on the wrecks of the S.S. Central America and S.S. Republic. There are fewer than 10 examples known in Mint State.