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1858-S DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8925

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 846,710
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

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-62's.

In August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic.  Included were 69 1858-S Double Eagles, ranging in grade from EF-40 to MS-61.  One of the coins was listed as MS-60 PL.

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9204, plated, sold for $5,750.00

"Uncirculated".  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 23, illustrated

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 824, illustrated, sold for $2,760.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of the Shuford Collection, May 1968, Lot 2425

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 571, illustrated, sold for $2,702.50

NGC EF-40.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9203, not plated, sold for $552.00

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