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

Description

1857-S Spiked Shield Twenty, MS65
Vibrant Mint Luster, Recovered From
Hurricane-Sunken
S.S. Central America

1857-S $20 MS65 PCGS. Variety 20A. Ex: S.S. Central America. SSCA 0362. Spiked Shield. Collectors are used to seeing the special PCGS "gold foil" labels made up specifically for the Central America shipwreck recovery coins, but not all of them are the often-seen (and almost uniformly beautiful) 1857-S double eagles. In fact, not all are double eagles. Also recovered from the Central America were three half eagles from the Dahlonega Mint that today bear the PCGS gold label. The owner of an 1852-D half eagle certified VF35 PCGS recently wrote (in a timely Hurricane Sandy-related thread on the PCGS Collectors Forum) that "it's noteworthy that most of the gold deposited at the Dahlonega Mint in 1852 came from gold miners returning from the California gold fields." A similar phenomenon was seen at the post-Gold Rush New Orleans Mint gold: Miners might trek from the fields of gold with their hard-earned gold dust to New Orleans, make a deposit, go back to California and then return, sometimes years later, for their coinage.
The present Gem 1857-S double eagle was certainly produced from California gold in abundance. Even though the San Francisco Mint's opening was only three years earlier in 1854, the facility struck nearly 1 million examples of the 1857-S twenties. This piece is fully struck with remarkably clean surfaces that show the usual bright, vibrant mint luster, more yellow-gold in centers with deeper reddish-gold margins. Population: 32 in 65 (1 in 65+), 3 finer (10/12).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 2696, PCGS# 8922)


Fees, Shipping, 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
Nov-Dec, 2012
29th-2nd Thursday-Sunday
Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
Page Views: 391

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
17.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

Heritage membership

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 
Consign now
  • Cash Advances
  • More Bidders
  • Trusted Experts
  • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
Only 11 days left to consign to the 2016 December 8 - 9 World Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong!

Learn about consigning with us

Heritage did everything splendidly to ensure that the coins would bring the best prices possible in the public market.
[ Entire Letter » ]
Museum of Connecticut History of Hartford, CT,
Hartford, CT
View More Testimonials

HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Compete.com)

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction
2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction
REALIZED $8,572,049
2016 September 8 - 13 Long Beach Expo World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
2016 September 8 - 13 Long Beach Expo World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED $4,499,482
2016 September 8 - 12 Long Beach Expo World Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach
2016 September 8 - 12 Long Beach Expo World Currency Signature Auction - Long Beach
REALIZED $1,023,060

© 2016 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved