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

Description

Seldom-Seen Gem 1915 Double Eagle

1915 $20 MS65 PCGS. Bowers writes of the 1915 double eagle that "as is true for several double eagles in this date range, the Philadelphia Mint issue is more elusive than are those from the branch mints." The millions of collectors who began their numismatic careers filling up "penny boards" with Lincoln cents are generally used to the branch mint issues being scarcer than their P-mint siblings; perhaps that is the reason that many collectors fail to realize the rarity of an issue such as the 1915 Philadelphia double eagle, especially in high grades.
Akers' recent Handbook of 20th century gold goes into more specifics concerning the 1915:

"With respect to both overall rarity and high-grade rarity, the 1915 is very similar to the 1914 and considerably rarer than the 1911. It is not, however, as rare as the 1909 in any grade, nor is it as elusive as the 1913 in in high grades. Most 1915 Double Eagles grade MS-60 to MS-64, although the issue is still scarce even in these grades. Gems are rare, and the 1915 is unknown any finer than MS-65."


This piece is endowed with surfaces that are nearly mark-free and display lovely orange-gold coloration with tinges of greenish-gold. The strike is bold but not full, with minor softness on some of the elements near the periphery, such as portions of the Capitol dome and Liberty's sandal. Brilliant cartwheel luster emanates from both sides. We note a small, undistracting alloy spot between rays 7 and 8 from the left.
This specimen is one of only 36 Gem examples certified at PCGS, along with a single MS65+, and there are none finer at PCGS. Since Akers wrote those words, NGC has certified a single MS66 piece (3/10).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 26FV, PCGS# 9167)

Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (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
Apr-May, 2010
28th-2nd
Internet/Mail/Phone Bidders: 3
Members Tracking: N/A
Page Views: 831

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
Revised Edition by James L. Halperin, Mark R. Borckardt, Mark Van Winkle, Jon Amato, and Gregory J. Rohan, with special contributor David W. Akers

The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is an issue-by-issue examination of these two artistically inspired series of gold coins. Each date and mintmark is reviewed with up-to-date information, much of which has never been previously published. The book is based on two extraordinary collections: The Phillip H. Morse collection and the Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor collection.

Order Now! Just $95

Heritage membership

940,883
bidder-members
$883,527,564
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

Only 3 days left to consign to the 2015 September 16 - 21 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach!

Learn about consigning with us

A huge weight has been lifted off my mother's shoulders, and she should now be able to live out her remaining days with peace of mind, and in comfort because of Heritage.
Jeff Voorhees,
Charleston, SC
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 $8,332,129
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