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    1885 Twenty Dollar, AU Details
    Only 751 Circulation Strikes Issued

    1885 $20 -- Harshly Cleaned -- PCGS Genuine. AU Details. The minuscule mintage of just 751 pieces assures any 1885 double eagle will be in strong demand. Only an estimated 100 circulation strikes survive in all grades from that small mintage, and many of those coins are heavily abraded. Most are in the XF45 to AU55 grade range, while fully Mint State coins number around two dozen pieces. Another 15 to 20 proofs survive.

    This example is net graded by PCGS for a harsh cleaning, although the in-hand appearance only suggests that the coin was cleaned. Under a loupe, dense hairlines appear as well as numerous tiny marks. The medium-gold surfaces are bright, yet they retain solid About Uncirculated sharpness and considerable visual appeal. We note a small mark on the bridge of Liberty's nose and another near star 13. This well-detailed 1885 offers a seldom-available opportunity to acquire one of the most famous low-mintage issues in the entire U.S. gold series, and we expect many bidders to recognize the opportune moment.


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

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2019
    25th-28th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
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