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Obverse of 1862-S Double Eagle     Reverse of 1862-S Double Eagle

  
1862-S DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8938

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 854,173
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 Ron Guth

Varieties:
Doubled 86

Notes:
The finest 1862-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 125 1862-S Double Eagles, ranging in grade from EF-45 to MS-63.  43 of the coins were listed as "Doubled 86".

Significant examples:
NGC AU-58 (illustrated above).  Offered at the October 2001 Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Exposition by Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries for $3,900.00

Recent appearances:
AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 841, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00  From Stack's ANA Sale, August 1976, Lot 3207

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4129, illustrated, sold for $2,300.00

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7441, not illustrated, sold for $1,207.50

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9211, "Repunched date", not plated, sold for $1,207.50

ANACS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9212, "Repunched date", not plated, sold for $948.75

NGC EF-40.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7844, not illustrated, sold for $690.00

NGC EF-40.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7440, not illustrated, not sold

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1343, not plated, sold for $661.25

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