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    1861-O Liberty Double Eagle, AU55
    Historically Interesting Pre-Civil War Issue
    Conditionally Rare Any Finer

    1861-O $20 AU55 PCGS. Variety 1. The final Antebellum issue coined at the New Orleans Mint, at the very dawn of the Civil War, the 1861-O ranks among the more elusive Liberty twenties, with a mintage of just 17,741 coins struck during the early months of the year. Coinage was conducted by three different governments. Although actual records are unavailable, Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth estimate 5,000 coins were struck under authority of the United States, 9,750 examples under authority of the State of Louisiana, and 2,991 specimens under the auspices of the Confederacy. No more double eagles were struck at the Southern facility until 1879.

    Noted gold authority Douglas Winter examined several hundred auction catalog descriptions and plates of 1861-O double eagles to form his opinion that the early strikes under U.S. authority have a weak date and a perfect, uncracked obverse die, and later strikes under Louisiana or Confederate authority have a strong date and cracked obverse die. The present piece has considerable weakness at the date, and a perfect die with no trace of the crack that eventually appears above star 2.

    The coin offered here is an attractive Choice AU example with brilliant yellow surfaces that exhibit considerable luster and sharply detailed design features. The surfaces are relatively clean, with only a few minor marks on either side. A diagonal mark on Liberty's neck may serve as a pedigree marker. Both sides retain considerable reflectivity in the fields, further attesting to its early production date. Population: 17 in 55, 8 finer (10/16).
    Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2008), lot 2494.
    From The Renz Family Collection of $20 Gold Coins.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 269J, PCGS# 8934)

    Weight: 33.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2017
    4th-9th Wednesday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 30
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