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1854-S DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8913, 70030, 70031, 70032

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 141,468
Proofs: 1

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: 34 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10% 

Weight: 516 grains (33.4 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp and Coin

From Superior Stamp & Coin's "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, February 2000

Recent appearances:
MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 807, illustrated, sold for $3,220.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 808, "Small Date", illustrated, sold for $2,990.00  Purchased from Robert Roth, December 2, 1969

"About Uncirculated".  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 11, illustrated

ANACS Net EF-45, AU Details, Sea Salvaged.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9179, not plated, unsold

VF-30.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 809, "Small Date", not illustrated, sold for $747.50  Purchased from Julian Leidman, May 30, 1972

Notes:  
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

The finest "Broken A" example graded by PCGS is a single AU-58.

The finest "Open A" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.

The finest "Closed A" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-61's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service