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Obverse of 1870-S Double Eagle     Reverse of 1870-S Double Eagle


PCGS No: 8959


Circulation strikes: 982,000
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 Superior Stamp & Coin

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 875, illustrated, sold for $3,680.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, May 25, 1971

Strong AU.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1743 at $546.25

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2543 Not Sold

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 314, not illustrated, sold for $546.25

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 8 MS-61's.


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