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    1861-O Double Eagle, AU50+
    Possibly Struck by the C.S.A.

    1861-O $20 AU50+ NGC. Variety 1. On January 26, 1861, Louisiana seceded from the United States, and the New Orleans Mint became a property of the state. According to an article by Tom Hoke in the April 2013 Numismatist, "1861-O double eagles were struck by three different authorities: the federal government, the State of Louisiana, and the Confederate States of America." The January mintage by the United States was 5,000 pieces, and Hoke estimates "an additional 10,000 or so coins were produced" by Louisiana and the C.S.A., "bringing the total mintage to 15,000." The Guide Book, though, reports a mintage of 17,741 pieces, and this figure is confirmed in Walter Breen's 1988 Encyclopedia. Regardless of authority, all 1861-O twenties were struck from the same pair of dies, and it is not possible to confirm the maker of any given piece. The present example is the sole piece certified by NGC as AU50+ (1/20). The honey-gold surfaces are well defined and display myriad pockets of luster. Small marks are scattered throughout, but none require singular description.(Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (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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    February, 2020
    20th-23rd Thursday-Sunday
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