1920-S $20 MS62 PCGS. CAC....
West Coast Melt Rarity
What happened? The 1920-dated double eagles were the first of that denomination since 1916 at San Francisco and 1915 at Philadelphia. World War I disrupted the international commerce that had become a prime reason for the denomination's existence. While enough 1920-dated Philadelphia double eagles went overseas for that issue to be accessible in this post-repatriation era, the 1920-S apparently languished in government holdings and never was paid out except in dribs and drabs. The subsequent San Francisco double eagle issue, the 1922-S, suffers from a similar problem of mass melting but to a lesser extent.
As an MS62 representative that is attractive, this coin hits a "sweet spot" for many collectors. Both sides have scattered small marks and Liberty's knee has a touch of flatness, but the warm yellow-gold luster across each side is rewarding. The plastic over the middle of the eagle has a wedge-shaped flaw that should not be read as damage to the coin. Population: 17 in 62 (1 in 62+), 28 finer (11/12).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 26FZ, PCGS# 9171)
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