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1857-S DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8922

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 970,500
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:
This finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

Varieties:
PCGS recognizes the following varieties:
1. Spike Shield - refers to a raised die gouge extending from the lower left side of the shield on the reverse.  This is by far the most common variety identified by PCGS. Finest graded-8 MS-67's.
2. Bold Mintmark - common. Finest graded-3 MS-67's.
3. Narrow Serif on Mintmark - common, but much harder to find than Variety 1 and Variety 2. Finest graded-24 MS-65's.
4. Bold 7, Fat Mintmark - common, similar to Variety 3 in number of known examples. Finest graded-22 MS-64's.
5. Broken A in STATES - common, but a bit tougher than Variety 4.Finest graded-2 MS-65's.
6. Mintmark positioned Right, with no serif - Scarce. Finest graded-3MS-64's.
7. Mintmark positioned High, with no serif - Scarce. Finest graded-a single MS-64.
8. Mintmark positioned Low, Bold - Rare. Finest graded-2 MS-64's.

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-66.  Ex - SS Central America Shipwreck - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 874, illustrated, "...SSCA 4967...Dies 20-A, Spiked Shield...", sold for $17,250.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9202, "Bold S", plated, sold for $17,250.00  Ex: S.S. Central America

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3811, "Spiked Shield", sold for $6,095.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7840, "Spike Shield", illustrated, sold for $7,590.00  Ex:  SS Central America  From the Violet Bancroft Collection

PCGS MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7841, "Spike Shield", illustrated, sold for $6,900.00  Ex: SS Central America  From the Violet Bancroft Collection

PCGS MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7842, "Spiked Shield", illustrated, not sold  Ex: SS Central America  From the Judge Thomas Butt Collection

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9197, plated, sold for $8,050.00  From the Dr. Robert W. Dingle Collection  PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9198, plated, sold for $7,015.00  From the Dr. Robert W. Dingle Collection  Ex: S.S. Central America

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9199, "Bold S",  plated, sold for $6,900.00  Ex: S.S. Central America

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9200, "Bold S", plated, sold for $6,900.00  Ex: S.S. Central America

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9201, "Spiked Shield", plated, sold for $6,900.00 Ex: S.S. Central AmericaPCGS MS-63 DMPL.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9196, "Spiked Shield", plated, sold for $8,625.00 Ex: S.S. Central America PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9195, not plated, sold for $4,887.50 Ex: S.S. Central America 

"Choice Brilliant Uncirculated".  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 20, illustrated

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9193, "Spiked Shield", plated, sold for $5,232.50 Ex: S.S. Central America 

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9194, "Spiked Shield", plated, sold for $4,312.50 Ex: S.S. Central America

 
PCGS MS-61 Prooflike.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9192, "Broken A", plated, sold for $4,370.00  Ex: S.S. Central America

MS-60.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7152, illustrated, sold for $3,220.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 819, "Medium S", illustrated, sold for $2,185.00  Purchased from Robert Roth, December 2, 1969

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 251, sold for $805.00

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 252, sold for $690.00

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 309, not illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

EF/AU.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1341, not plated, sold for $488.75

NGC EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7435, not illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

Choice Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1872, not plated, sold for $1,150.00

ANACS Net EF-45, AU Details, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9191, not plated, unsold

Net VF-35, sharpness of AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 821, "Large S", illustrated, sold for $690.00  Purchased from Rowe and Brownlee, date not recorded although probably in fall 1967 based on the inventory number

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

E-mail correspondence from Rick Montgomery (President of the Professional Coin Grading Service), June 21, 2000