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Obverse of 1863-S Double Eagle     Reverse of 1863-S Double Eagle

  
1863-S DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8940

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 966,570
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 Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

In August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic.  Included were 178 1863-S Double Eagles, ranging in grade from AU-50 to MS-64.  Three of the coins were listed as "Large S" and 103 were listed as "Small S".

Significant examples:
NGC MS-61 (illustrated above).  Heritage "Santa Clara" 11/1999:6926,

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-64.  American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 785, illustrated, not sold  From Sotheby's/Stack's sale of the "Dallas Bank" Collection, October 2001, Lot 38

NGC MS-61.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7845, illustrated, sold for $5,060.00  Previously offered in the Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale as lot 7443, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-60.  Goldbergs "Benson Collection, Part I", 02/2001:4130, $4,600.00

MS-60 Plus.  Goldbergs "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001:4131, $3,335.00

NGC MS-60.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1560, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00

NGC AU-55.  Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1873, plated, sold for $2,300.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 843, "Small S", illustrated, sold for $2,990.00   Purchased from Jack Klausen, June 19, 1968

NGC AU-53.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4132, illustrated, sold for $1,322.00

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4133, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 256, sold for $920.00

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7442, not illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 844, illustrated, sold for $1,380.00  Purchased from Steve Tebo, June 10, 1967

EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1561, illustrated, sold for $518.00

Choice Extremely Fine.  Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1874, not plated, sold for $1,495.00

Extremely Fine.  Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1344, not plated, sold for $488.75

VF-35.  Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 845, "Small S", not illustrated, sold for $529.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of the Shuford Collection, May 1968, Lot 2431

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