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Obverse of 1874-S Double Eagle     Reverse of 1874-S Double Eagle

  
1874-S DOUBLE EAGLE
OR $20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8972

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,214,000
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 Winthrop Carner

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
ICG MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5307, plated, unsold

ANACS MS-60.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7454, not illustrated, sold for $977.50

PCGS AU-58.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7858, not illustrated, sold for $833.75

AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1150 @$437.00

ANACS AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9228, not plated, unsold

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 322, not illustrated, sold for $506.00

NGC EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7453, not illustrated, sold for $391.00

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-63's.

Varieties:

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