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Sale 1223 — U.S. Postal History and U.S. Gold Coins

Sale Date — Fri, 5 Jun, 2020

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Category — $20 Liberty Double Eagles — Lots 9123 to 9196

Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1850 - , 8902, Obverse
Lot 9123 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1850 - , 8902, Reverse
Lot 9123 Reverse
Lot 9123
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1850 -
PCGS #: 8902
Grade: XF 45 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 26268303
CDN CPG® Value: $3,440
Estimate: $2,200
Minimum Bid: $1,700
Condition Notes  
Medium gold with some original crimson luster in protected areas, solid strike, very minor abrasion marks, couple tiny adherences on reverse
Commentary  
The $20.00 Double Eagle coin was authorized by the Act of March 3, 1849, as a means to convert California gold into a medium of exchange. The first Double Eagle minted at Philadelphia for circulation is the 1850 (the unique 1849 proof in the Smithsonian Institution is a pattern). Philadelphia minted 1,170,261 for circulation in 1850. Despite the large number of Circulated pieces available to collectors, the demand for the 1850 has always been great.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1851 - O, 8905, Obverse
Lot 9124 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1851 - O, 8905, Reverse
Lot 9124 Reverse
Lot 9124
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1851 - O
PCGS #: 8905
Grade: AU 53 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4496127004
CDN CPG® Value: $4,940
Estimate: $3,250
Minimum Bid: $2,600
Condition Notes  
Bright yellow-gold luster, some weakness in strike evident in stars, slight wear on high points, minor abrasion marks, from the New Orleans Gold Hoard
Commentary  
315,000 of the 1851 Double Eagle were minted at New Orleans. Mint State examples are rare, which makes About Uncirculated pieces very desirable.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1851 - O, 8905, Obverse
Lot 9125 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1851 - O, 8905, Reverse
Lot 9125 Reverse
Lot 9125
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1851 - O
PCGS #: 8905
Grade: AU 53 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 82624051
CDN CPG® Value: $4,940
Estimate: $3,250
Minimum Bid: $2,600
Condition Notes  
Deep gold luster and detailed strike with all of the stars well defined, slight wear on high points, the fields have tiny shallow abrasion marks and there is one short mark on Liberty's temple, but this is remarkably choice for an AU53 grade
Commentary  
315,000 of the 1851 Double Eagle were minted at New Orleans. Mint State examples are rare, which makes About Uncirculated pieces very desirable.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1852 - , 8906, Obverse
Lot 9126 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1852 - , 8906, Reverse
Lot 9126 Reverse
Lot 9126
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1852 -
PCGS #: 8906
Grade: AU 50 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 35125026
CDN CPG® Value: $2,400
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Deep greenish gold with hints of crimson, dark patina on high points, strong strike, marks generally limited to abrasion in fields but one scratch on jaw
Commentary  
The 1852 is one of the more available of the early Double Eagles, owing to the discovery of shipwreck pieces.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1853 - O, 8910, Obverse
Lot 9127 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1853 - O, 8910, Reverse
Lot 9127 Reverse
Lot 9127
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1853 - O
PCGS #: 8910
Grade: AU 50 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 34730347
CDN CPG® Value: $7,500
Estimate: $4,750
Minimum Bid: $3,750
Condition Notes  
Crimson and yellow gold luster, remarkably strong strike with minimal wear, but marks on face and in fields, from the New Orleans Gold Hoard
Commentary  
The New Orleans Mint produced only 71,000 Double Eagles in 1853. The coins circulated in the South and territory west of the Mississippi, and About Uncirculated examples are scarce. 1853-O pieces in AU50 to 58 grades are very desirable.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1855 - , 8914, Obverse
Lot 9128 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1855 - , 8914, Reverse
Lot 9128 Reverse
Lot 9128
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1855 -
PCGS #: 8914
Grade: AU 50 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 32939954
CDN CPG® Value: $2,460
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Deep gold with hints of crimson in protected areas, dark patina on high points, strong strike, a few deeper marks along rim and behind head, from the Granite Lady Hoard (PCGS)
Commentary  
The Double Eagle mintages in Philadelphia and New Orleans were relatively low from 1855 to 1859, as the San Francisco Mint increased production from California gold. 364,666 Double Eagles were struck at Philadelphia for circulation in 1855.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1857 - S, 670715, Obverse
Lot 9129 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1857 - S, 670715, Reverse
Lot 9129 Reverse
Lot 9129
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1857 - S (Bold S)
PCGS #: 670715
Grade: MS 63 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 34539790
CDN CPG® Value: $7,250
Estimate: $4,750
Minimum Bid: $3,750
Condition Notes  
Shipwreck S.S. Central America special gold case with "Pinch" of California Gold Dust (Bob Evans Signed Label), brilliant highly reflective proof-like surfaces with rose-gold highlights, some marks in field to left of bust, small marks on face
Commentary  
Thanks to the treasure recovered from the wreck of the S.S. Central America, the 1857-S Double Eagle is available to numerous collectors (more than 5,000 were discovered). This Bold S variety (PCGS #670715) is reported in the PCGS Pop Report with 65 graded from MS 63 to MS66 (24 in 63 and 9 in 63+).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1857 - S, 8922, Obverse
Lot 9130 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1857 - S, 8922, Reverse
Lot 9130 Reverse
Lot 9130
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1857 - S
PCGS #: 8922
Grade: AU 58 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4200693004
CDN CPG® Value: $2,690
Estimate: $1,700
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Medium gold with traces of original luster, slight wear and a few tiny marks on face keep this one notch below Mint State
Commentary  
Thanks to the treasure recovered from the wreck of the S.S. Central America, the 1857-S Double Eagle is available to numerous collectors (more than 5,000 were discovered).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1857 - S, 8922, Obverse
Lot 9131 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1857 - S, 8922, Reverse
Lot 9131 Reverse
Lot 9131
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1857 - S
PCGS #: 8922
Grade: AU 53 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4294403061
CDN CPG® Value: $2,460
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Deep gold accented with ample original rose luster, dark patina on high points, strong strike, abrasion marks and a deeper mark on bridge of Liberty's nose, from the Granite Lady Hoard (NGC)
Commentary  
Thanks to the treasure recovered from the wreck of the S.S. Central America, the 1857-S Double Eagle is available to numerous collectors (more than 5,000 were discovered).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1859 - S, 8928, Obverse
Lot 9132 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1859 - S, 8928, Reverse
Lot 9132 Reverse
Lot 9132
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1859 - S
PCGS #: 8928
Grade: XF 40 Service: PCGS - CAC
Identification #: 32926049
CDN CPG® Value: $2,320
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Greenish gold with some original crimson luster in the protected areas, wear is evident but no distracting marks, from the Granite Lady Hoard (PCGS)
Commentary  
636,445 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco for circulation in 1859. The S.S. Central America and European bank hoards did not yield many 1859-S pieces. 67 were recovered from the S.S. Republic, which sank in 1865.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1861 - , 8932, Obverse
Lot 9133 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1861 - , 8932, Reverse
Lot 9133 Reverse
Lot 9133
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1861 -
PCGS #: 8932
Grade: AU 53 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4308293033
CDN CPG® Value: $2,470
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Deep gold and sharp strike, requisite marks for AU53, but none are distracting, from the Granite Lady Hoard (NGC)
Commentary  
The 1861 was the first Double Eagle of the Civil War period, and 2,976,453 pieces were produced, the highest mintage of any pre-1904 Double Eagle. With the suspension of gold specie payments in December 1861, hoarding of gold coins resulted in a huge number of Double Eagles being salted away. Nonetheless, or perhaps because of their availability, these historic coins remain in demand by today’s collectors.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1861 - , 8932, Obverse
Lot 9134 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1861 - , 8932, Reverse
Lot 9134 Reverse
Lot 9134
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1861 -
PCGS #: 8932
Grade: XF 45 Service: NGC - CAC
Identification #: 1924688020
CDN CPG® Value: $2,340
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Beautiful orange gold with hints of original crimson luster in protected areas, wear on high points, but minimal marks and overall wonderful eye appeal, a very stong XF45 with CAC confirmation
Commentary  
The 1861 was the first Double Eagle of the Civil War period, and 2,976,453 pieces were produced, the highest mintage of any pre-1904 Double Eagle. With the suspension of gold specie payments in December 1861, hoarding of gold coins resulted in a huge number of Double Eagles being salted away. Nonetheless, or perhaps because of their availability, these historic coins remain in demand by today’s collectors.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1862 - S, 8938, Obverse
Lot 9135 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1862 - S, 8938, Reverse
Lot 9135 Reverse
Lot 9135
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1862 - S
PCGS #: 8938
Grade: AU 53 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 28827916
CDN CPG® Value: $3,000
Estimate: $2,000
Minimum Bid: $1,600
Condition Notes  
Beautiful honey-gold luster and sharp strike with minimal wear, a few marks on Liberty bring the grade down, but eye appeal is excellent
Commentary  
The 1862-S Double Eagle is now more available, thanks to the European bank hoards and pieces recovered from the S.S. Brother Jonathan and S.S. Republic, most in EF or AU grade.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1862 - S, 8938, Obverse
Lot 9136 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1862 - S, 8938, Reverse
Lot 9136 Reverse
Lot 9136
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1862 - S
PCGS #: 8938
Grade: AU 53 Service: NGC
Identification #: 3254375003
CDN CPG® Value: $3,000
Estimate: $2,000
Minimum Bid: $1,600
Condition Notes  
Rich gold with hints of original crimson luster in protected areas, very minimal wear and strong strike, minor abrasion marks, a very strong AU53
Commentary  
The 1862-S Double Eagle is now more available, thanks to the European bank hoards and pieces recovered from the S.S. Brother Jonathan and S.S. Republic, most in EF or AU grade.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1863 - S, 8940, Obverse
Lot 9137 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1863 - S, 8940, Reverse
Lot 9137 Reverse
Lot 9137
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1863 - S
PCGS #: 8940
Grade: AU 53 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 37746688
CDN CPG® Value: $2,750
Estimate: $1,800
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Yellow gold, detailed strike with minimal wear, a fair number of abrasion marks including a hairline across the chin, yet overall an attractive piece
Commentary  
966,570 of this Civil War era Double Eagle were minted at San Francisco and circulated in the West. Once rarely seen in the collector market, the pieces salvaged from shipwrecks have made the 1862-S more available, but it remains a desirable and historic Double Eagle.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1864 - S, 8942, Obverse
Lot 9138 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1864 - S, 8942, Reverse
Lot 9138 Reverse
Lot 9138
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1864 - S
PCGS #: 8942
Grade: AU 55 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 32940004
CDN CPG® Value: $3,120
Estimate: $2,000
Minimum Bid: $1,600
Condition Notes  
Beautiful orange-gold with hints of original crimson luster in protected areas, modest wear, minor abrasion marks mostly confined to slight scratches in fields, from the Granite Lady Hoard (PCGS)
Commentary  
793,660 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco for circulation in 1864. This Civil War era Type I Double Eagle was a great rarity until quantities were salvaged from the wrecks of the S.S. Brother Jonathan and S.S. Republic. A scarce coin in About Uncirculated or Mint State—from the Granite Lady Hoard (PCGS).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1865 - S, 8944, Obverse
Lot 9139 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1865 - S, 8944, Reverse
Lot 9139 Reverse
Lot 9139
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1865 - S
PCGS #: 8944
Grade: XF 45 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4518647005
CDN CPG® Value: $2,310
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Greenish gold, very minimal wear and strong strike, minor abrasion marks including a mark on cheek, this appears far better than its XF45 grade
Commentary  
1,042,500 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1865, the last year of the Civil War. Once a great rarity, the wreck of the S.S. Brother Jonathan yielded 600 Mint State 1865-S Double Eagles, and subsequently the S.S. Republic returned another 939 pieces to the market. Despite its availability, the historic 1865-S remains one of the most desirable Type I Double Eagles.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1866 - S, 8950, Obverse
Lot 9140 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1866 - S, 8950, Reverse
Lot 9140 Reverse
Lot 9140
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1866 - S (Motto)
PCGS #: 8950
Grade: AU 55 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4307897010
CDN CPG® Value: $8,120
Estimate: $4,500
Minimum Bid: $3,500
Condition Notes  
Greenish gold and sharp strike, very minor wear, most of the abrasion marks are shallow and not distracting, a choice example of the 1866-S Motto
Commentary  
The 1866 Double Eagle was the first issue of the Reconstruction era. 842,250 of the 1866 With Motto were struck at the San Francisco Mint. Most of the pieces that survive are in VF or EF grades. In AU55, NGC reports 154 plus 3 at 55+ (145 higher). This is an extremely desirable choice AU example of the first Double Eagle inscribed “In God We Trust.”
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1867 - S, 8952, Obverse
Lot 9141 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1867 - S, 8952, Reverse
Lot 9141 Reverse
Lot 9141
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1867 - S
PCGS #: 8952
Grade: AU 53 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4496196009
CDN CPG® Value: $2,340
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,500
Condition Notes  
Beautiful orange-gold satiny luster, modest wear, negligible abrasion marks (all hairline or shallow), a very strong AU53
Commentary  
920,750 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco facility for circulation in 1867. About 900 pieces have been graded in About Uncirculated state at NGC, which reflects the influx of coins from Europe and other sources. Still, examples in mid-grade AU condition are desirable.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1868 - , 8953, Obverse
Lot 9142 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1868 - , 8953, Reverse
Lot 9142 Reverse
Lot 9142
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1868 -
PCGS #: 8953
Grade: AU 53 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 36071907
CDN CPG® Value: $8,120
Estimate: $5,250
Minimum Bid: $4,250
Condition Notes  
Incredible orange-gold luster, detailed strike, minimal wear and marks limited to tiny shallow abrasion marks, a beautiful 1868 with eye appeal that goes well beyond its AU53 grade
Commentary  
Only 98,575 Double Eagles were minted at Philadelphia in 1868, dwarfed by the high-volume production at the San Francisco Mint. Numismatists consider the 1868 to be the scarcest Type II Liberty Double Eagle from the Philadelphia Mint (Bowers).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1868 - S, 8954, Obverse
Lot 9143 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1868 - S, 8954, Reverse
Lot 9143 Reverse
Lot 9143
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1868 - S
PCGS #: 8954
Grade: AU 58 Service: NGC
Identification #: 603344001
CDN CPG® Value: $3,250
Estimate: $2,200
Minimum Bid: $1,700
Condition Notes  
Brilliant honey-gold luster, sharp details, a few minor marks on face, the fields are mainly clear, a strong AU58
Commentary  
837,500 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1868, a relatively large production total. The majority of About Uncirculated pieces have been repatriated from European bank hoards. Examples in AU58 are scarce, and Mint State pieces are very rare (Winter and Fuljenz).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1869 - S, 8956, Obverse
Lot 9144 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1869 - S, 8956, Reverse
Lot 9144 Reverse
Lot 9144
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1869 - S
PCGS #: 8956
Grade: AU 55 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4483923006
CDN CPG® Value: $2,360
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Deep orange gold with greenish hue and some areas of dark patina, detailed strike with very negligible wear, light friction marks on cheek but overall great eye appeal
Commentary  
686,750 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco for circulation in 1869. The population for AU and MS pieces is in the 500-600 range, but choice AUs are quite desirable and sell for a modest premium over melt, making these very affordable examples of a scarce San Francisco Double Eagle.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1870 - S, 8959, Obverse
Lot 9145 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1870 - S, 8959, Reverse
Lot 9145 Reverse
Lot 9145
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1870 - S
PCGS #: 8959
Grade: AU 58 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4244211004
CDN CPG® Value: $2,720
Estimate: $1,800
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Intense rose-gold and sharp detailed strike, abrasion marks are numerous but shallow and not distracting, a few small dark spots on both sides, very original and attractive
Commentary  
982,000 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco for circulation in 1870. About 75% of the 1,650 1870-s pieces graded by NGC fall into the About Uncirculated class. These undoubtedly entered the market from European bank hoards.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1871 - S, 8962, Obverse
Lot 9146 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1871 - S, 8962, Reverse
Lot 9146 Reverse
Lot 9146
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1871 - S
PCGS #: 8962
Grade: MS 60 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 37233822
CDN CPG® Value: $3,250
Estimate: $2,100
Minimum Bid: $1,700
Condition Notes  
Brilliant gold with hints of original crimson luster in protected areas and dark patina in high spots, detailed strike, couple of marks in obverse fields and on reverse
Commentary  
928,000 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco for circulation in 1871. The 1871-S is considerably more difficult to obtain in Mint State, even with the European bank hoards counted (NGC 142 in all MS grades).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1871 - S, 8962, Obverse
Lot 9147 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1871 - S, 8962, Reverse
Lot 9147 Reverse
Lot 9147
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1871 - S
PCGS #: 8962
Grade: AU 58 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 82425141
CDN CPG® Value: $2,110
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Bright yellow-gold luster with hints of dark patina on high points, sharp strike, a few more prominent marks in fields, some discoloration on reverse, from the European Bank Crisis Gold (PCGS)
Commentary  
928,000 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco for circulation in 1871. This is one of the pieces repatriated from European banks. It is the highest grade possible before the leap into Mint State territory.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1872 - , 8963, Obverse
Lot 9148 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1872 - , 8963, Reverse
Lot 9148 Reverse
Lot 9148
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1872 -
PCGS #: 8963
Grade: AU 55 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4196689019
CDN CPG® Value: $2,380
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Deep gold with dark patina on high points, some crimson luster on reverse, abrasion marks on obverse and a diagonal line across reverse, from the European Bank Crisis Gold (NGC)
Commentary  
251,850 Double Eagles were minted for circulation at Philadelphia, about one third the quantity struck at the San Francisco Mint. The majority of pieces in collectors’ hands come from repatriated gold sent to Europe.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1872 - S, 8965, Obverse
Lot 9149 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1872 - S, 8965, Reverse
Lot 9149 Reverse
Lot 9149
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1872 - S
PCGS #: 8965
Grade: MS 60 Service: NGC
Identification #: 5766305008
CDN CPG® Value: $2,780
Estimate: $1,800
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold with some dark patina on high points, strong strike, some more noticeable marks in the field to the left of face, still an appealing piece
Commentary  
The San Francisco Mint produced 780,000 Double Eagles for circulation in 1872. A portion of the total output was sent to Europe and later repatriated. Fewer than 200 Mint State pieces have been graded by NGC.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1873 - , 8967, Obverse
Lot 9150 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1873 - , 8967, Reverse
Lot 9150 Reverse
Lot 9150
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1873 - (Open 3)
PCGS #: 8967
Grade: MS 63 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 81857476
CDN CPG® Value: $4,500
Estimate: $3,000
Minimum Bid: $2,400
Condition Notes  
Smooth orange-gold surfaces, strong and well-defined strike with all stars showing radials, negligible tiny bag marks on obverse and the reverse is virtually mark-free, a magnificent piece that presents even better than its formidable MS63 grade
Commentary  
The 1873 Open 3 minted at Philadelphia was not among the issues salvaged from the major shipwrecks (S.S. Republic, Central America, and Brother Jonathan). The majority of pieces in collectors’ hands today, including this example, come from European bank hoards. Considerably scarcer in grades of MS63 or better (approximately 300-400 pieces total between PCGS and NGC).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1873 - , 8967, Obverse
Lot 9151 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1873 - , 8967, Reverse
Lot 9151 Reverse
Lot 9151
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1873 - (Open 3)
PCGS #: 8967
Grade: MS 61 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4304174040
CDN CPG® Value: $2,210
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Deep gold with some dark patina on high points, very sharp strike with radials of all stars clearly defined, light friction marks on obverse and cross-hatch lines on reverse, from the Granite Lady Hoard (NGC)
Commentary  
The 1873 Open 3 minted at Philadelphia was not among the issues salvaged from the major shipwrecks (S.S. Republic, Central America, and Brother Jonathan). The majority of pieces in collectors’ hands today, including this example, come from European bank hoards.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1874 - , 8970, Obverse
Lot 9152 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1874 - , 8970, Reverse
Lot 9152 Reverse
Lot 9152
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1874 -
PCGS #: 8970
Grade: MS 60 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4304230049
CDN CPG® Value: $2,180
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Bright gold accented with dark patina on higher points, sharply defined strike, a few marks on the face bring this down a notch or two to MS60, from the Granite Lady Hoard (NGC)
Commentary  
The economic impact of the Panic of 1873 lasted well into 1874, and the output of Double Eagles consequently dropped to 366,780 in that year from 1.4 million the previous year. NGC has graded about 365 Mint State 1874 Double Eagles.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1874 - S, 8972, Obverse
Lot 9153 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1874 - S, 8972, Reverse
Lot 9153 Reverse
Lot 9153
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1874 - S
PCGS #: 8972
Grade: MS 61 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4304174004
CDN CPG® Value: $2,380
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Deep gold with some dark patina on high points, strong strike with well-defined stars, some minor marks in fields and one on cheek, still a strong MS61, from the Granite Lady Hoard (NGC)
Commentary  
In the aftermath of the Panic of 1873 the San Francisco Mint still produced 1,214,000 Double Eagles for circulation in 1874, the majority of which was sent overseas. When those pieces were returned to the U.S., hundreds of Mint State 1874-S Double Eagles entered the collector market. Nonetheless, they feed the strong demand for Type IIs.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1875 - , 8973, Obverse
Lot 9154 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1875 - , 8973, Reverse
Lot 9154 Reverse
Lot 9154
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1875 -
PCGS #: 8973
Grade: MS 63plus Service: PCGS
Identification #: 83806357
CDN CPG® Value: $5,620
Estimate: $3,750
Minimum Bid: $3,000
Condition Notes  
Satiny rose-gold luster and detailed strike with well-defined radials on every star (typical softness in center curls), very light abrasion marks in fields and a couple of hairlines on face prevent this from making the MS64 grade, but 63+ reflects the brilliance and quality of this piece
Commentary  
295,720 Double Eagles were produced by the Philadelphia Mint for circulation in 1875. Although a large number have been repatriated from European bank hoards, the PCGS Pop Report for 1875 shows only 6 graded 63+ (plus 84 at 63) and 5 at 64 (the highest grade).NGC shows 25 at 63 and 5 at 64 (plus one 66, the highest grade). Clearly the 1875 is a rarity in this premium Mint State grade.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1875 - S, 8975, Obverse
Lot 9155 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1875 - S, 8975, Reverse
Lot 9155 Reverse
Lot 9155
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1875 - S
PCGS #: 8975
Grade: MS 61 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4304174071
CDN CPG® Value: $2,210
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Deep gold, well-defined strike, scattered abrasion marks, mostly of a shallow and trivial nature, still a strong MS61, from the Granite Lady Hoard (NGC)
Commentary  
There is no denying that the 1875-S (and 1876-S) Double Eagle exists in huge quantities, even in Mint State grades of 60 or 61, thanks to the hoards of pieces returned from Europe. For the collector seeking an attractive Type II in Mint State, this is an excellent value at a small premium over melt.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1876 - , 8976, Obverse
Lot 9156 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1876 - , 8976, Reverse
Lot 9156 Reverse
Lot 9156
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1876 -
PCGS #: 8976
Grade: MS 62 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 21503892
CDN CPG® Value: $2,750
Estimate: $1,800
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Orange-gold semi-reflective luster, strong strike with well-defined obverse details, some weakness in the motto, a minimal amount of friction marks and none distracting, very strong MS62
Commentary  
583,860 Double Eagles were minted in the Centennial year 1876 at the Centennial city Philadelphia Mint. The number of 1876 Double Eagles in Mint State 62 and higher is relatively low compared with the 1876-S. This is a choice MS62 piece from the last year of the Type II Double Eagle.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1877 - , 8982, Obverse
Lot 9157 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1877 - , 8982, Reverse
Lot 9157 Reverse
Lot 9157
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1877 -
PCGS #: 8982
Grade: MS 62 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 5777188
CDN CPG® Value: $3,340
Estimate: $2,200
Minimum Bid: $1,700
Condition Notes  
Beautiful rose-gold luster with hints of crimson in places, magnificently detailed strike, minor abrasion marks except for one in field behind bust, appears better than its MS62 grade
Commentary  
In 1877 the Double Eagle design was modified, most notably by spelling out “Twenty Dollars.” 397,650 of the new Type III Double Eagles were minted for circulation at Philadelphia. The majority of repatriated Mint State pieces from European banks are graded 60 or 61. This MS62 piece is considerably scarcer.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1878 - , 8985, Obverse
Lot 9158 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1878 - , 8985, Reverse
Lot 9158 Reverse
Lot 9158
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1878 -
PCGS #: 8985
Grade: MS 61 Service: NGC
Identification #: 3770830002
CDN CPG® Value: $2,330
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Bright semi-reflective rose-gold luster, extraordinarily detailed strike with Liberty's curls sharply defined, scattered shallow abrasion marks, one slightly deeper in the hair at back of head noted only to emphasize how negligible they are, a strong MS61
Commentary  
Hundreds of the 1878 Double Eagle can be found in Mint State grades, thanks to the return of large quantities from Europe. Nonetheless, it is an ideal Type III for the collector who wants to obtain a choice piece at a small premium over melt.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1878 - S, 8987, Obverse
Lot 9159 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1878 - S, 8987, Reverse
Lot 9159 Reverse
Lot 9159
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1878 - S
PCGS #: 8987
Grade: MS 62 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 38220229
CDN CPG® Value: $3,880
Estimate: $2,500
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold with some dark patina on high points, very detailed strike, scattered but mostly shallow abrasion marks, one slightly deeper mark on cheek, but still a well-qualified MS62 piece
Commentary  
The ubiquitous 1878-S Double Eagle from European bank hoards can be found in Mint State grades 60 and 61, but the population drops precipitously from 62 and up. This MS62 is one of the more desirable pieces.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1879 - , 8988, Obverse
Lot 9160 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1879 - , 8988, Reverse
Lot 9160 Reverse
Lot 9160
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1879 -
PCGS #: 8988
Grade: MS 61 Service: NGC
Identification #: 5230459003
CDN CPG® Value: $2,560
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Lovely color which reflects some original rose luster when angled in light, sharp details, couple discolored spots on back, a few marks on face, nice eye appeal
Commentary  
From a mintage of 207,600, the total number of graded Philadelphia Mint 1879 Double Eagles is much lower than for other years, thus it is safe to assume that the quantity repatriated from Europe was smaller – in Mint State there are roughly 500 graded by PCGS and 280 by NGC.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1879 - S, 8991, Obverse
Lot 9161 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1879 - S, 8991, Reverse
Lot 9161 Reverse
Lot 9161
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1879 - S
PCGS #: 8991
Grade: MS 61 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 25681291
CDN CPG® Value: $3,750
Estimate: $2,500
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Condition Notes  
Gorgeous orange-gold with crimson hue of original luster visible in angled light, remarkably sharp detail, very minor marks in fields with one slightly deeper mark to the left of forehead—frankly this seems worthy of a grade higher than MS61
Commentary  
Despite a large quantity minted at San Francisco in 1879 (more than 1.2 million), and the return of pieces from Europe, the 1879-S Type III Double Eagle is scarce in grades of MS61 or 62, and it is rare above that. The highest NGC grade is 62 (54 pieces) and the highest PCGS grade is 64 and 64+ (one each). In our opinion, this is a very strong 61, which could possibly notch up a grade.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1879 - S, 8991, Obverse
Lot 9162 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1879 - S, 8991, Reverse
Lot 9162 Reverse
Lot 9162
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1879 - S
PCGS #: 8991
Grade: MS 61 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4868352020
CDN CPG® Value: $3,750
Estimate: $2,500
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Condition Notes  
Brilliant gold with some original crimson luster in protected areas and slightly dark patina on high points, friction marks, an attractive 1879-S
Commentary  
Despite a large quantity minted at San Francisco in 1879 (more than 1.2 million), and the return of pieces from Europe, the 1879-S Type III Double Eagle is scarce in grades of MS61 or 62, and it is rare above that. The highest NGC grade is 62 (54 pieces) and the highest PCGS grade is 64 and 64+ (one each). This MS61 serves as a useful comparison piece to the PCGS-graded MS61 offered in the previous lot.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1880 - S, 8993, Obverse
Lot 9163 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1880 - S, 8993, Reverse
Lot 9163 Reverse
Lot 9163
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1880 - S
PCGS #: 8993
Grade: MS 61 Service: NGC
Identification #: 3036137003
CDN CPG® Value: $3,750
Estimate: $2,500
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Condition Notes  
Gorgeous semi-reflective gold with original crimson luster in protected areas, very minor marks, exceptionally choice for its MS61 grade
Commentary  
836,000 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1880. The 1880-S is considerably scarcer in Mint State than other late San Francisco Double Eagles. In our opinion, this piece is very conservatively graded at MS61, and could possibly notch up to 62.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1880 - S, 8993, Obverse
Lot 9164 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1880 - S, 8993, Reverse
Lot 9164 Reverse
Lot 9164
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1880 - S
PCGS #: 8993
Grade: MS 61 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 36105191
CDN CPG® Value: $3,750
Estimate: $2,500
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Condition Notes  
Rose gold with original crimson luster in protected areas, friction marks with a few deeper ones on face
Commentary  
836,000 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1880. The 1880-S is considerably scarcer in Mint State than other late San Francisco Double Eagles.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1881 - S, 8995, Obverse
Lot 9165 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1881 - S, 8995, Reverse
Lot 9165 Reverse
Lot 9165
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1881 - S
PCGS #: 8995
Grade: MS 61 Service: NGC
Identification #: 124751013
CDN CPG® Value: $2,530
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Rose gold, abrasion marks with a couple more prominent ones on face
Commentary  
727,000 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1881.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1881 - S, 8995, Obverse
Lot 9166 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1881 - S, 8995, Reverse
Lot 9166 Reverse
Lot 9166
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1881 - S
PCGS #: 8995
Grade: MS 61 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 36039298
CDN CPG® Value: $2,530
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold with hints of rose in angled light, couple deeper marks on cheek and in field at right, but the field at left is only lightly marked
Commentary  
727,000 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1881.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1882 - S, 8998, Obverse
Lot 9167 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1882 - S, 8998, Reverse
Lot 9167 Reverse
Lot 9167
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1882 - S
PCGS #: 8998
Grade: MS 62 Service: NGC
Identification #: 139005011
CDN CPG® Value: $3,000
Estimate: $2,000
Minimum Bid: $1,600
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold with lots of rose in angled light, sharply defined strike, slight friction chatter and a mildly distracting diagonal mark in the field at right
Commentary  
A large number of Double Eagles—1,125,000—were minted at San Francisco in 1882. Most of the high-grade pieces come from European bank hoards.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1883 - S, 9000, Obverse
Lot 9168 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1883 - S, 9000, Reverse
Lot 9168 Reverse
Lot 9168
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1883 - S
PCGS #: 9000
Grade: MS 63 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 11895330
CDN CPG® Value: $4,500
Estimate: $3,000
Minimum Bid: $2,400
Condition Notes  
Beautiful orange gold with flashes of original crimson luster, sharply defined strike, barest traces of friction
Commentary  
A large number of Double Eagles—1,189,000—were minted at San Francisco in 1883. Most of the high-grade pieces come from European bank hoards. NGC reports 94 MS63 and 3 64+ (7 higher, but none better than MS64), and PCGS 275 MS64 and 17 64+ (16 higher, none over 64+).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1884 - S, 9002, Obverse
Lot 9169 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1884 - S, 9002, Reverse
Lot 9169 Reverse
Lot 9169
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1884 - S
PCGS #: 9002
Grade: MS 63 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 21074007
CDN CPG® Value: $3,500
Estimate: $2,300
Minimum Bid: $1,800
Condition Notes  
Gorgeous honey and rose gold luster, sharp strike, minimal friction marks with the most obvious being a diagonal scratch in the left field
Commentary  
916,000 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1884. NGC and PCGS report a combined total of approximately 600 in MS63 and 63+ grades (50 higher).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1885 - S, 9005, Obverse
Lot 9170 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1885 - S, 9005, Reverse
Lot 9170 Reverse
Lot 9170
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1885 - S
PCGS #: 9005
Grade: MS 63 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 6624967
CDN CPG® Value: $3,060
Estimate: $2,000
Minimum Bid: $1,600
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold with rose accents in angled light, sharp strike, scattered marks on both surfaces, one on cheek, others mainly confined to fields
Commentary  
683,500 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1885.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1885 - S, 9005, Obverse
Lot 9171 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1885 - S, 9005, Reverse
Lot 9171 Reverse
Lot 9171
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1885 - S
PCGS #: 9005
Grade: MS 62 Service: NGC
Identification #: 3775070042
CDN CPG® Value: $2,480
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold that flashes rose in angled light, sharp strike, a few scattered marks on both surfaces
Commentary  
683,500 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1885.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1887 - S, 9007, Obverse
Lot 9172 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1887 - S, 9007, Reverse
Lot 9172 Reverse
Lot 9172
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1887 - S
PCGS #: 9007
Grade: MS 62 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 5629621
CDN CPG® Value: $4,000
Estimate: $2,600
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Condition Notes  
Rose gold with gorgeous original luster, minimal abrasion marks, so few we wonder if this qualifies for an MS63 grade
Commentary  
283,000 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1887. High-grade examples are scarce. NGC reports only 214 MS62 and 27 MS63 (none higher). PCGS reports 502 MS62 and 16 62+ (84 higher).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1887 - S, 9007, Obverse
Lot 9173 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1887 - S, 9007, Reverse
Lot 9173 Reverse
Lot 9173
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1887 - S
PCGS #: 9007
Grade: MS 62 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 5945655
CDN CPG® Value: $4,000
Estimate: $2,600
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Condition Notes  
Rose gold with gorgeous original luster, scattered abrasion marks
Commentary  
283,000 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1887. High-grade examples are scarce. NGC reports only 214 MS62 and 27 MS63 (none higher). PCGS reports 502 MS62 and 16 62+ (84 higher).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1888 - S, 9008, Obverse
Lot 9174 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1888 - S, 9008, Reverse
Lot 9174 Reverse
Lot 9174
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1888 - S
PCGS #: 9008
Grade: MS 62plus Service: PCGS
Identification #: 83875355
CDN CPG® Value: $2,450
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold that flashes rose in angled light, some darker patina on face, sharp strike, some friction chatter and a few tiny marks
Commentary  
859,600 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1888. Although NGC and PCGS report nearly 1,200 pieces graded at MS62, between them only 9 are graded 62+ (and 302 higher).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1890 - , 9013, Obverse
Lot 9175 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1890 - , 9013, Reverse
Lot 9175 Reverse
Lot 9175
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1890 -
PCGS #: 9013
Grade: MS 63 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 25676117
CDN CPG® Value: $7,090
Estimate: $4,500
Minimum Bid: $3,500
Condition Notes  
Deep gold with original luster that flashes crimson in angled light, sharp strike, the surfaces are virtually free of any distracting marks, a few tiny diagonal lines visible in field at right in angled light and one contact mark at top of head, a strong MS63 (MS64 candidate?) and outstanding example of this scarce and desirable Type II year
Commentary  
Only 75,940 Double Eagles were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1890, making this year one of the “keys” of the series. Discoveries in the past few decades have brought s decent supply to market in grades up to MS62. However, from MS63 the 1890 becomes very scarce. NGC reports 27 at MS63 27 and 2 at 63+ (4 higher). PCGS reports 57 MS63 and one at 63+ (7 higher).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1891 - S, 9018, Obverse
Lot 9176 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1891 - S, 9018, Reverse
Lot 9176 Reverse
Lot 9176
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1891 - S
PCGS #: 9018
Grade: MS 64 Service: NGC
Identification #: 598763016
CDN CPG® Value: $4,530
Estimate: $3,000
Minimum Bid: $2,400
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold with lots of rose accents and original luster, sharp strike, some friction chatter on face but virtually no distracting marks
Commentary  
A large number of Double Eagles—1,288,125—were minted at San Francisco in 1891. Most of the high-grade pieces come from European bank hoards. NGC reports 72 MS64, one 64+ and 2 65 (none higher). PCGS reports 147 MS64, 7 64+ and one 65 (none higher). Therefore, this 1891-S in MS64 grade may be considered legitimately scarce.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1892 - S, 9021, Obverse
Lot 9177 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1892 - S, 9021, Reverse
Lot 9177 Reverse
Lot 9177
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1892 - S
PCGS #: 9021
Grade: MS 64 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 50203147
CDN CPG® Value: $6,250
Estimate: $4,000
Minimum Bid: $3,250
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold that flashes rose in angled light, sharp strike, some moderate friction chatter and a few tiny marks
Commentary  
The 1892-S Liberty Double Eagle (930,150 minted) is considerably scarcer in MS64 or better grades. NGC reports 63 MS64 and 9 at 64+ (8 higher). PCGS reports 147 MS64 and 7 at 64+ (only one higher).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1893 - S, 9024, Obverse
Lot 9178 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1893 - S, 9024, Reverse
Lot 9178 Reverse
Lot 9178
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1893 - S
PCGS #: 9024
Grade: MS 63plus Service: PCGS
Identification #: 34817461
CDN CPG® Value: $2,810
Estimate: $1,800
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Orange gold with hints of crimson, sharp strike, minor abrasion marks, diagonal lines in surface visible in angled light
Commentary  
996,175 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1893.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1893 - S, 9024, Obverse
Lot 9179 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1893 - S, 9024, Reverse
Lot 9179 Reverse
Lot 9179
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1893 - S
PCGS #: 9024
Grade: MS 64 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 4413025
CDN CPG® Value: $7,030
Estimate: $4,500
Minimum Bid: $3,500
Condition Notes  
Deep honey-gold with original luster that flashes crimson in angled light, sharp strike, the surfaces have a few negligible tiny shallow marks, a gorgeous 1893-S
Commentary  
996,175 Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1893. Although abundantly available through MS63, the 1893-S becomes very scarce in grades of MS64 or higher. PCGS reports 67 at MS64 and 2 at 64+. NGC reports only 24 at MS64 and none higher.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1894 - , 9025, Obverse
Lot 9180 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1894 - , 9025, Reverse
Lot 9180 Reverse
Lot 9180
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1894 -
PCGS #: 9025
Grade: MS 64 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 35674407
CDN CPG® Value: $4,030
Estimate: $2,600
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold with hues of rose and olive in angled light, sharp strike, it takes a careful search to find a couple of contact marks with a couple of short hairlines on face and neck, and a deeper mark on reverse in field above "Dollars", a beautiful Type III which is superior to the other MS64 1894s we surveyed
Commentary  
A large number of Double Eagles—1,368,940—were minted at Philadelphia in 1894. Massive quantities of pieces come from European bank hoards, but these are almost all MS61, 62 and 63. NGC reports 133 MS64 and 4 at 64+/64PL (8 higher). PCGS reports 167 MS64, 21 64+ and 4 65 (none higher).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1895 - , 9027, Obverse
Lot 9181 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1895 - , 9027, Reverse
Lot 9181 Reverse
Lot 9181
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1895 -
PCGS #: 9027
Grade: MS 64 Service: NGC
Identification #: 677263002
CDN CPG® Value: $2,500
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Brilliant orange-gold luster with semi-reflective surfaces, sharp strike, minor friction chatter and tiny marks in hair on back of head
Commentary  
A large number of Double Eagles—1,114,605—were minted at Philadelphia in 1895. Massive quantities of pieces come from European bank hoards, but these are almost all MS61, 62 and 63.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1895 - S, 9028, Obverse
Lot 9182 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1895 - S, 9028, Reverse
Lot 9182 Reverse
Lot 9182
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1895 - S
PCGS #: 9028
Grade: MS 64 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 25298945
CDN CPG® Value: $3,780
Estimate: $2,500
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Condition Notes  
Semi-reflective orange-gold luster and sharp strike, a few contact marks including two on jaw, a couple in fields below curls and behind head
Commentary  
A large number of Double Eagles—1,143,500—were minted at San Francisco in 1895. Massive quantities of pieces come from European bank hoards, but these are almost all MS61, 62 and 63. NGC reports 172 at MS64 and only 11 higher between 65 and 66. PCGS reports 249 MS64 and 25 at 64+ with only 10 higher (65/65+ highest).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1896 - S, 9030, Obverse
Lot 9183 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1896 - S, 9030, Reverse
Lot 9183 Reverse
Lot 9183
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1896 - S
PCGS #: 9030
Grade: MS 64 Service: NGC
Identification #: 1868696006
CDN CPG® Value: $3,690
Estimate: $2,500
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold with hues of rose and olive in angled light, sharp strike, a few minute and negligible contact marks but virtually no friction evident in this MS64 piece
Commentary  
A large number of Double Eagles—1,403,925—were minted at San Francisco in 1896. Massive quantities of pieces come from European bank hoards, but these are almost all MS61, 62 and 63. NGC reports 187 at MS64 and only 3 higher at 65. PCGS reports 201 MS64 and 7 at 64+ with only 3 higher (67 highest).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1897 - , 9031, Obverse
Lot 9184 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1897 - , 9031, Reverse
Lot 9184 Reverse
Lot 9184
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1897 -
PCGS #: 9031
Grade: MS 64 Service: PCGS - CAC
Identification #: 84960833
CDN CPG® Value: $3,310
Estimate: $2,100
Minimum Bid: $1,700
Condition Notes  
Honey-gold with rose accents, sharp strike, very light friction chatter but almost complete free of contact marks
Commentary  
A large number of Double Eagles—1,383,175—were minted at Philadelphia in 1897. Massive quantities of pieces come from European bank hoards, but these are almost all MS61, 62 and 63. NGC reports 365 at MS64 and 15 at 65 (none higher). PCGS reports 331 MS64 and 24 at 64+ with only 9 higher (65/65+ highest).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1897 - S, 9032, Obverse
Lot 9185 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1897 - S, 9032, Reverse
Lot 9185 Reverse
Lot 9185
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1897 - S
PCGS #: 9032
Grade: MS 64 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 84111250
CDN CPG® Value: $2,500
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Deep honey-gold with olive and rose accents, sharp strike, shallow friction traces
Commentary  
A large number of Double Eagles—1,470,250—were minted at San Francisco in 1897. Massive quantities of pieces come from European bank hoards, but these are almost all MS61, 62 and 63. NGC reports 365 at MS64 and 15 at 65 (none higher). PCGS reports 331 MS64 and 24 at 64+ with only 9 higher (65/65+ highest).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1897 - S, 9032, Obverse
Lot 9186 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1897 - S, 9032, Reverse
Lot 9186 Reverse
Lot 9186
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1897 - S
PCGS #: 9032
Grade: MS 64 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 84111297
CDN CPG® Value: $2,500
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Deep honey-gold with olive and rose accents, darker patina on bust, sharp strike, trivial friction chatter
Commentary  
A large number of Double Eagles—1,470,250—were minted at San Francisco in 1897. Massive quantities of pieces come from European bank hoards, but these are almost all MS61, 62 and 63. NGC reports 365 at MS64 and 15 at 65 (none higher). PCGS reports 331 MS64 and 24 at 64+ with only 9 higher (65/65+ highest).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1897 - S, 9032, Obverse
Lot 9187 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1897 - S, 9032, Reverse
Lot 9187 Reverse
Lot 9187
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1897 - S
PCGS #: 9032
Grade: MS 64 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 84357967
CDN CPG® Value: $2,500
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Deep honey-gold with olive and rose accents, darker patina on bust, sharp strike, trivial friction chatter
Commentary  
A large number of Double Eagles—1,470,250—were minted at San Francisco in 1897. Massive quantities of pieces come from European bank hoards, but these are almost all MS61, 62 and 63. NGC reports 365 at MS64 and 15 at 65 (none higher). PCGS reports 331 MS64 and 24 at 64+ with only 9 higher (65/65+ highest).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1898 - S, 9034, Obverse
Lot 9188 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1898 - S, 9034, Reverse
Lot 9188 Reverse
Lot 9188
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1898 - S
PCGS #: 9034
Grade: MS 64 Service: NGC
Identification #: 1719670017
CDN CPG® Value: $2,310
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Brilliant honey-gold with olive and rose accents, sharp strike, trivial friction chatter and slightly discolored arc in field at lower right
Commentary  
More than 2.5 million Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1898, and examples are plentiful in grades through MS64.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1899 - , 9035, Obverse
Lot 9189 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1899 - , 9035, Reverse
Lot 9189 Reverse
Lot 9189
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1899 -
PCGS #: 9035
Grade: MS 64plus Service: NGC
Identification #: 4597920010
CDN CPG® Value: $2,380
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Deep orange-gold with crimson accents, sharp strike, very faint abrasion traces except for a deeper contact mark between the 9th and 10th stars at 2 o'clock
Commentary  
1,669,300 Double Eagles were minted at Philadelphia in 1899, and examples are plentiful in grades through MS64.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1899 - , 9035, Obverse
Lot 9190 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1899 - , 9035, Reverse
Lot 9190 Reverse
Lot 9190
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1899 -
PCGS #: 9035
Grade: MS 64 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 21317645
CDN CPG® Value: $2,380
Estimate: $1,600
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Honey and rose gold, sharp strike, almost complete free of contact marks but diagonal streaks in the field at right
Commentary  
1,669,300 Double Eagles were minted at Philadelphia in 1899, and examples are plentiful in grades through MS64.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1899 - S, 9036, Obverse
Lot 9191 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1899 - S, 9036, Reverse
Lot 9191 Reverse
Lot 9191
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1899 - S
PCGS #: 9036
Grade: MS 64 Service: NGC
Identification #: 4555169006
CDN CPG® Value: $3,380
Estimate: $2,200
Minimum Bid: $1,700
Condition Notes  
Rose gold with olive acents in angled light, sharp strike, very slight marks
Commentary  
More than 2 million Double Eagles were minted at San Francisco in 1899, and examples are plentiful in grades through MS63, but considerably scarcer in MS64 or higher grades. NGC reports 349 at MS64 and 13 higher (at 65 and 68). PCGS reports 413 MS64 and 20 at 64+ with only 4 higher (65/67 highest).
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1900 - , 9037, Obverse
Lot 9192 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1900 - , 9037, Reverse
Lot 9192 Reverse
Lot 9192
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1900 -
PCGS #: 9037
Grade: MS 64plus Service: PCGS - CAC
Identification #: 342688801
CDN CPG® Value: $2,750
Estimate: $1,800
Minimum Bid: $1,400
Condition Notes  
Honey and rose gold, sharp strike, a few tiny contact mark in fields but exceptionally choice, which is reflected in the MS64+ grade and CAC verification
Commentary  
1,874,460 Double Eagles were minted at Philadelphia in 1900, and examples are plentiful in grades through MS64.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1901 - , 9039, Obverse
Lot 9193 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1901 - , 9039, Reverse
Lot 9193 Reverse
Lot 9193
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1901 -
PCGS #: 9039
Grade: MS 65 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 9650340
CDN CPG® Value: $4,500
Estimate: $3,000
Minimum Bid: $2,400
Condition Notes  
Deep orange-gold with crimson accents in angled light, sharp strike, very faint abrasion traces, tiny spot between stars at 4 o'clock, with Generation 5.0 PCGS green label (graded more than 20 years ago)
Commentary  
This piece in a 1990s PCGS holder comes from the large group of superb 1901 Double Eagles that reached the market in that decade. It is graded MS65, and although a few hundred exist in this grade, only a handful grade higher
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1903 - , 9043, Obverse
Lot 9194 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1903 - , 9043, Reverse
Lot 9194 Reverse
Lot 9194
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1903 -
PCGS #: 9043
Grade: MS 65 Service: NGC
Identification #: 1209282024
CDN CPG® Value: $3,880
Estimate: $2,500
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Condition Notes  
Brilliant gold with crimson accents in angled light, sharp impression, the only contact mark of note is an arc-shaped scratch buried in Liberty's hair
Commentary  
A relatively small number of Double Eagles— 287,270—was minted at Philadelphia in 1903, but huge quantities were repatriated from Europe, in grades through MS64. It is somewhat scarcer in MS65.
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1904 - S, 9046, Obverse
Lot 9195 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1904 - S, 9046, Reverse
Lot 9195 Reverse
Lot 9195
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1904 - S
PCGS #: 9046
Grade: MS 65 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 4276679
CDN CPG® Value: $3,560
Estimate: $2,300
Minimum Bid: $1,800
Condition Notes  
Deep orange-gold with crimson accents in angled light, moderately soft strike noticeable in "Liberty" and hair, tiny and negligible marks, dark spot in field at left (surface only), with Generation 5.0 PCGS green label (graded more than 20 years ago)
Commentary  
This piece in a 1990s PCGS holder comes from the large group of superb 1903 Double Eagles that reached the market in that decade. It is graded MS65, and although a few hundred exist in this grade, only a handful grade higher
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1906 - S, 9051, Obverse
Lot 9196 Obverse
Liberty Double Eagle, $20, 1906 - S, 9051, Reverse
Lot 9196 Reverse
Lot 9196
Type: Liberty Double Eagle
Denomination: $20.00
Year-Mint: 1906 - S
PCGS #: 9051
Grade: MS 64 Service: PCGS
Identification #: 36762931
CDN CPG® Value: $4,000
Estimate: $2,600
Minimum Bid: $2,000
Condition Notes  
Deep orange-gold with crimson accents in angled light, sharp strike, very faint abrasion traces, tiny dark spot in hair above eye
Commentary  
The numbers reported for the 1906-S are relatively low compared to other late-issue Liberty Double Eagles: NGC for MS64 is 112 and 6 at 64+ (6 at MS65, none higher); PCGS for MS 64 is 325 and 32 at 64+ (6 higher).
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