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Obverse of 1859-S Double Eagle     Reverse of 1859-S Double Eagle

  
1859-S DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8928

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 636,445
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

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp & Coin (2000 ANA Mid-Winter)

Notes:
The finest 1859-S Double Eagle graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.

In August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic.  Included were 66 1859-S Double Eagles, ranging in grade from Very Fine to MS-61.  Two of the coins were listed as "Doubled 18", one of the coins was listed as "Doubled 9", and six were listed as "FS-011 DDO".

Significant examples:
"Choice Brilliant Uncirculated".  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 26, illustrated

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9209, plated, sold for $4,830.00

NGC MS-60.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 572, "Breen-7199", illustrated, not sold

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7437, illustrated, sold for $2,990.00

AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4127, illustrated, sold for $2,300.00

NGC AU-53.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1144 @$1,380.00

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 828, "Doubled Die Obverse", illustrated, sold for $1,380.00  Purchased from John Smies, April 20, 1967

NGC AU-50. Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9208, not plated, sold for $724.50

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9207, not plated, unsold

ANACS Net EF-40, AU Details, Tooled, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9206, not plated, unsold

NGC VF-35.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7843, not illustrated, sold for $483.00

VF-30.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 310, not illustrated, sold for $460.00

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

Obverse of 1859-S Double Eagle     Reverse of 1859-S Double Eagle

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.