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The 1872 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 1872 Double Eagle becomes scarce in
Uncirculated condition. Like most "Twenties" from this
period, the typical 1872 is heavily bagmarked or abraded and any coins
that grade MS-62 and above must be considered extremely rare. Very
few Proof examples of this date have survived, yet their quality is among
the best of any Double Eagles from the 1870's.
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.
The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.
The finest Proof Deep Cameo
example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-66.
Proof (illustrated above).
Ex - Trompeter collection
PCGS MS-62. Ex - Julian
Leidman, May 15, 1971 - Bowers and
Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV
Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 881, illustrated, not sold
ICG MS-61. Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake
Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1377, not illustrated, sold for
Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000
Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot
5708, illustrated, sold for $2,875.00
PCGS MS-60. Ex - Harry West estate - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer
2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9222,
plated, sold for $3,220.00
AU-55. Ex - Stanley
Kesselman, June 6, 1968 - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass,
Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 882, not
illustrated, sold for $805.00
AU-50. Ex - Ira &
Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection,
Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4135, illustrated, sold for
EF-45. Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles'
"The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001,
Lot 1564, not illustrated, sold for $604.00
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service