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    Choice AU 1859-S Double Eagle
    Struck a Decade After the Gold Rush Began

    1859-S $20 AU55 PCGS. CAC. Type One S-mint double eagles are a subseries that are certainly coming into their own, as our remarkable recent offering of the Galt's Gulch Collection in the Orlando FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2012) pointed up, realizing record prices for top-grade coins. The 1859-S typifies the allure of the Old West, as many examples were recovered from the shipwreck of the S.S. Republic, and the issue was produced in San Francisco a decade after the Gold Rush began in 1849, a period in which the population of the city would double from 25,000 to 50,000 people. This Choice AU example is not provenanced specifically but it is alluring in its own right, with orange-gold surfaces that are still brightly lustrous. Population: 42 in 55, 61 finer (5/12).(Registry values: N1793) (NGC ID# 269C, PCGS# 8928)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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    May-Jun, 2012
    30th-3rd Wednesday-Sunday
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