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1869-S DOUBLE EAGLE
OR $20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8956

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 686,750
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

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Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 871, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, April 30, 1968

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 872, illustrated, sold for $833.75  From Stack's sale of the Miles Collection, October 1968, Lot 872

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1375, not illustrated, sold for $920.00

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7448, not illustrated, sold for $460.00

EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1563, not illustrated, sold for $483.00

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-64's.

Varieties:

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