Menu
Welcome Sign-In | Join Now
Sold for Sign-in or Join (free & quick) includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 

Description

Rare 1861-S Paquet Twenty XF 40

1861-S Paquet XF 40 PCGS. A lustrous, evenly worn example of this rare issue. A couple of minor rim bruises on the reverse are barely noticed after encapsulation. Akers calls this issue "the rarest Liberty Head Double Eagle from the San Francisco Mint. Its only really close competitor for that distinction is the 1866-S No Motto but, in my opinion, there are more of the latter in existence than there are 1861-S Paquets." At a casual glance, few observers would notice any difference between the Paquet and the normal reverse. However, a side-by-side comparison reveals several differences, most notably in the lettering. The width of the central element is also greater and the stars are placed lower in the rays which appear above them.
The Paquet reverse failed because the rim was too narrow and the surfaces of the coin were exposed to too much abrasion. Despite a seemingly high mintage of slightly less than 20,000 pieces, the 1861-S Paquet reverse was not noticed until 1937. Breen notes that, "Paul Wittlin turned up 25-30 in French and Swiss banks in the mid-1950s, mostly VF to EF with plenty of bagmarks." Apparently, these account for most of the known specimens. (NGC ID# 269L, PCGS# 8936)

Service and Handling Description: (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  | PCGS Guarantee of Grade and Authenticity  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Glossary of Terms

Auction Info

Auction Dates
August, 1996
17th-20th
Internet/Mail/Phone Bidders: 1
Members Tracking: N/A
Page Views: 251

Heritage membership

941,509
bidder-members
$882,960,926
sold in the last year

Join Now - It's Free

VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 

Consignments wanted

Consign to the 2015 December 10 - 12 World Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong.

Learn about consigning with us

I have the highest regard for your company and look forward to doing business with Heritage in the future.
S.K.
View More Testimonials

HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit: compete.com

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN
2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN
REALIZED $8,308,723
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $6,503,481
2015 April 22 - 28 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 April 22 - 28 CSNS Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $10,592,191

© 2015 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved