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Obverse of 1860-S Double Eagle     Reverse of 1860-S Double Eagle

  
1860-S DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8931

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 544,950
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, California) below the eagle's tail on the reverse

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

Notes:
The finest 1860-S Double Eagles graded by PCGS are 2 MS-63's.

In August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic.  Included were 69 1860-S Double Eagles, ranging in grade from EF-40 to MS-61.  One of the coins was listed as "Large S".

Recent appearances:
"Brilliant Uncirculated".  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 29

PCGS MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1146, $5,520.00

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1147, $1,552.00

Strong AU.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1740, $1,150.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 833, $1,840.00  Purchased from Jack Klausen, June 19, 1968

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