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1876-S DOUBLE EAGLE
OR $20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8978

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,597,000
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

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Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
SEGS MS-63 Prooflike.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5308, plated, unsold

SEGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1385, not illustrated, sold for $3,220.00

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4142, illustrated, sold for $2,875.00

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 908, illustrated, sold for $2,760.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, January 10, 1968

NGC MS-61.   Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7460, not illustrated, not sold

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2551, sold for $488.75

Choice AU.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1355, not plated, sold for $287.50

AU-55.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7154, not illustrated, sold for $391.00

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 330, not illustrated, sold for $368.00

NGC AU-53.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7861, not illustrated, sold for $402.50

VF-35.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1154, sold for $299.00

Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1356, not plated, sold for $276.00

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

Varieties:

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

1876-S DOUBLE EAGLE

Obverse of 1876-S Double Eagle     Reverse of 1876-S Double Eagle

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp and Coin
From Superior Stamp & Coin's "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, February 2000