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1864-S DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8942

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 793,660
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:
Small S

Notes:
The finest examples 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 167 1864-S Double Eagles, ranging in grade from EF-45 to MS-65.  Seven of the coins were listed as "Small S".

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-61.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7848, illustrated, sold for $5,060.00  Ex: Brother Jonathan

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2540 at $3,910.00  From the sale of the S.S. Brother Jonathan Treasure Coins, May 1999, Lot 393

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 848, illustrated, sold for $2,530.00  Purchased from Robert Roth, December, 1969

NGC EF-45.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7847, not illustrated, sold for $862.50  Ex:  Bass

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2541 at $552.00

Very Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1742 at $517.50

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