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    Fantastic 900 Thous. 1853 Assay Office
    Twenty Dollar, MS62

    1853 $20 Assay Office Twenty Dollar, 900 Thous. MS62 NGC. K-18, R.2. The United States Assay Office of Gold in San Francisco struck the most twenty dollar gold coins of any U.S. facility in 1853. While Philadelphia coined more than 1.2 million double eagles, the Assay Office effectively doubled that figure with the K-18 issue, according to Don Kagin in his landmark Private Gold Coins and Patterns of the United States. He recounts that some 2.5 million of the twenty dollar pieces were produced between March and October that year.
    It is little wonder, then, that the issue should be available even in Mint State today, albeit only to collectors willing to pay a steep price. This MS62 offers a balance between antique-gold color and brightness. A number of light digs are present in the fields and the bow on the arrows is curiously flat, but the overall eye appeal is rewarding. Listed on page 371 of the 2011 Guide Book.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# ANHD, PCGS# 10013)

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

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    August, 2010
    11th-15th Wednesday-Sunday
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