||1853 $20 AU55 NGC. CAC. Bullion output from the California gold fields remained substantial in 1853, with some of the shipments even making their way to the small Dahlonega Mint for coinage. Double eagle production at Philadelphia, while still substantial, dipped noticeably from the previous two years to a little more than 1.2 million pieces, as smaller denominations were struck in slightly stronger numbers. Survivors of this issue follow the common pattern for most other double eagles of the period, being available in circulated grades but decidedly scarce in Mint State. This Choice AU coin shows strong luster over honey-gold surfaces, with just a touch of wear seen over the high points of the design. A small tick in the field near the nose is the only mark of note. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $3525.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.