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1855-S DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8916

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 879,675
Proofs: 0

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) below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest "Broken A, Full E" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64's.

The finest "Faint S" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-63's.

The finest "S Tilt Right" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest "S Tilt Left" examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-62's.

The finest "Bold S" examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-64's.

The finest "Large S" examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-61's.

The finest "Thin A, Full E" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest "Front Right S" examples graded by PCGS are 4 AU-55's.

In August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic.  Included were 56 1855-S Double Eagles, ranging in grade from EF-40 to MS-61.  10 of the coins were listed as "Large S"; 42 were listed as "Small S".

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7429, illustrated, sold for $25,300.00  -Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 895, sold for $9,200.00

"Choice Brilliant Uncirculated".  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 14, illustrated

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 896, unsold

NGC MS-60.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7836, illustrated, sold for $4,140.00  From the Violet Bancroft Collection

NGC MS-60.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9186, plated, sold for $4,140.00  From the Dr. Robert W. Dingle Collection

NGC AU-58.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7835, illustrated, not sold

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9185, not plated, sold for $2,070.00  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

ANACS AU-55.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7834, "Breen-7179", not illustrated, sold for $977.50

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1143, sold for $1,610.00

ICG AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1371, not illustrated, sold for $805.00

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9183, "Large S", not plated, sold for $2,530.00  Ex: S.S. Central America

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9184, "Thin A, Full E", not plated, sold for $2,530.00  Ex: S.S. Central America

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9182, "Faint S", not plated, sold for $2,530.00  Ex: S.S. Central America

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7428, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS AU-50.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7833, not illustrated, sold for $897.00

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 811, illustrated, sold for $1,150.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of the Shuford Collection, May 1968, Lot 2422

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9181,"Bold S", not plated, sold for $4,025.00  Ex: S.S. Central America

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 812, not illustrated, sold for $1,840.00  Purchased from the Goliad Corporation, December 16, 1971

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 307, not illustrated, sold for $690.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 308, not illustrated, sold for $632.50

PCGS EF-40.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7427, not illustrated, sold for $747.50

ANACS Net EF-40, AU Details, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9180, not plated, unsold

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"The NGC Census Report", August 13, 2004, www.ngcoin.com