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1861-S DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8935

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 768,000
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

Varieties:
Reverse by Anthony Paquet

Notes:
The finest 1861-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 98 1861-S Double Eagles, ranging in grade from EF-45 to MS-62.  Also included was a single AU-58 Pacquet Reverse.

Significant examples:
MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4128, illustrated, sold for $9,200.00

Recent appearances:
AU-55.  Goliad Corporation 11/1971 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. - Bowers and Merena Galleries 11/2000:837, $3,450.00  Purchased from the Goliad Corporation, November 3, 1971

PCGS AU-50.  Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3814, sold for $41,400.00

EF-45.  Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 838, illustrated, sold for $1,725.00  Purchased from Rowe and Brownlee

EF-45.  Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2539 at $586.50

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