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Obverse of 1871-S Double Eagle     Reverse of 1871-S Double Eagle

  
1871-S DOUBLE EAGLE
OR $20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8962

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 928,000
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, California) below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Images courtesy of Global Certification Services, Inc.

Notes:
The 1871-S Double Eagle is part of the series of $20 Gold pieces issued between 1866 and 1876 that include the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" above the eagle and "TWENTY D." on the reverse.  Relatively common in circulated grades, the 1871-S Double Eagle becomes rare in Uncirculated condition.  Like most "Twenties" from this period, the typical Uncirculated 1871-S is heavily bagmarked or abraded and any coins that grade better than MS-62 must be considered extremely rare.

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

Recent appearances:
"Uncirculated" (illustrated above).  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 57, illustrated - Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries, Inc.

IGC MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5306, illustrated, unsold

AU-58.  Ex - Stanley Kesselman, February 4, 1972 - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 879, not illustrated, sold for $2,760.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1376, not illustrated, sold for $747.50

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9221, not illustrated, sold for $644.00

ANACS Net AU-55, Unc Details, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9220, not illustrated, unsold

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 316, not illustrated, sold for $747.50

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1744, sold for $1,035.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1745, sold for $718.75

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1877, not plated, sold for $1,955.00

AU-50.  Ex - Stanley Kesselman, May 23, 1968 - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 880, not illustrated, sold for $920.00

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