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    1861-O Double Eagle, AU Details
    Rare and Historic New Orleans Issue

    1861-O $20 -- Cleaning -- PCGS Genuine. AU Details. The final Type Two New Orleans issue was struck the same year that Louisiana bolted the Union for the Confederacy. The mintage of 17,741 pieces was coined for three different authorities: the United States (5,000 pieces), the State of Louisiana (9,750 pieces), and the C.S.A. (2,991 pieces). All were from the same obverse die, but per Bowers, "after only limited use, the die was relapped, with the result that on nearly all known examples the bottoms of the numerals 861 are light." On the present piece, the base of the date is sharp, which suggests it was struck for the United States. Clash marks are prominent at both centers, with a star faintly visible on Liberty's upper neck (as made). The straw-gold surfaces are sharply defined but somewhat bright. Luster is evident although subdued. The reverse is minimally abraded while the obverse has a few facial marks and a couple of dull abrasions near the chin.
    From The Christopher Bently Nob Hill Collection.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 269J, PCGS# 8934)


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