1864-S Double Eagle, MS61
1864-S $20 MS61 PCGS. Ex: Brother Jonathan. The S.S.
Brother Jonathan sank off the coast of northern California in
July 1865, not far from the port at Crescent City. Along with the
loss of lives was the loss of a fortune in gold coins, mostly
double eagles, that were recovered in the 1990s. A large part of
the treasure consisted of 1865-S double eagles, with fewer
representatives of earlier years, such as this 1864-S specimen.
This piece has slightly matte surfaces but lacks the "sea salvage"
appearance seen with other treasure coins. In fact, all of the
Brother Jonathan coins (and this cataloger saw every one of them)
had brilliant light yellow luster with little effect from the ocean
water. A slightly indistinct strike is evident, but the luster is
brilliant light yellow with full mint radiance. Population: 21 in
61, 15 finer (3/13).(Registry
values: N4719) (NGC ID# 269T, PCGS# 8942)
S.S. Brother Jonathan Treasure Coin
Weight: 33.44 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
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