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    One Of The Finest Known 1851 Double Eagles, A Fabulous MS64 Example

    1851 $20 MS64 PCGS. The 1851 is a curiously scarce issue and one that has received little attention from collectors. More than two million pieces were struck, the highest mintage figure of any double eagle produced until 1861. While it is generally considered a common date, it is not quite as common as often assumed. Probably no more than 70-80 pieces are known in all grades of Uncirculated, most of which are in the MS60-62 grade range. This is the finest example we have ever offered at public auction and it is one of the finest pieces known. Population figures from the two major services indicate that at most three other coins have been certified at this grade level with none finer. This is an exceptionally attractive coin. The surfaces display warm, satin-like mint luster that has taken on a light overlay of original reddish patina that is most attractive. Exceptionally clean overall, the only marks that might be used for pedigree purposes are a V-shaped pair of abrasions just behind Liberty's mouth. Premium quality in an early Type One twenty and quality that is seldom seen outside hoard dates such as the S-mint issues salvaged from the S.S. Central America.(#8904) (Registry values: P6, N25500)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 268H, PCGS# 8904)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2004
    7th-10th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
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