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Obverse of 1868-S Double Eagle     Reverse of 1868-S Double Eagle

  
1868-S DOUBLE EAGLE
OR $20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8954

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 837,500
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, CA) below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ron Guth

Significant examples:
AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 258 sold for $1,610.00

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-55 (illustrated above).  Offered at the October 2001 Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Exposition by Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries for $1,350.00

ICG AU-53.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1374, not illustrated, sold for $747.50

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 866, illustrated, sold for $1,150.00  Purchased from Jack Klausen, June 19, 1968

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 313, not illustrated, sold for $603.75

EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1562, not illustrated, sold for $529.00

VF-35.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 867, not illustrated, sold for $368.00  From Stack's sale of the Miles Collection, October 1968, Lot 870

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-61's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service