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Obverse of 1856-S Double Eagle     Reverse of 1856-S Double Eagle

  
1856-S DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8919

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,189,750
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, CA) below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 814, illustrated, sold for $13,800.00  From Stack's sale of the DiBello Collection, May 1970, Lot 1213

"Choice Brilliant Uncirculated".  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 17, illustrated

PCGS MS-61 (illustrated above).  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara" sale, November 18-20, 1999, Lot 6923

MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2536, sold for $2,300.00

MS-60 Plus.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4125, illustrated, sold for $4,600.00

MS-60 Sea Salvaged.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6060, plated, sold for $1,207.50  From the collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 815, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00  From Stack's sale of the Bartle Collection, October 1984, Lot 1085

NGC AU-53.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7430, not illustrated, sold for $1,207.50

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7431, not illustrated, sold for $1,092.50

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7432, not illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

PCGS AU-53.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7837, not illustrated, sold for $1,322.50

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9188, "Split Serif", 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 9189, "Split Serif", 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 9190, "Split Serif", not plated, sold for $2,530.00  Ex: S.S. Central America

NGC EF-45, Choice Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1871, not plated, sold for $862.50

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 816, not illustrated, not sold  From Stack's sale of June 1972, Lot 920

EF/VF.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1340, not plated, sold for $465.75

VF-30.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1557, not illustrated, sold for $546.00

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

Varieties:

The finest "FS, Broke A" examples graded by PCGS are 8 MS-64's.

The finest "FS, Left S" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest "FS, Bold S" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

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

The finest "FS, Ft Lf S" examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-62's.

The finest "FS, Low S" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-62.

The finest "FS, Hi Rt S" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-63's.

The finest "FS, Right S" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-61.

The finest "FS, High S" example graded by PCGS is a single AU-53.

The finest "Split Ser" examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-63's.

The finest "NS, Spike F" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64's.

The finest "NS, Tilt S" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.

The finest "NS, Full A" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-63's.

The finest "NS, Hi Rt S" examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-64's.

The finest "No Ser, Lf S" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67's.

The finest "No Ser, Rt S" examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-63's.

The finest "No Ser, Hi S" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.

The finest "NS, Lo Rt S" example graded by PCGS is a single AU-58.

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