||1854-S $20 AU55 NGC. The San Francisco Mint produced more than 141,000 double eagles during its first year of operation, but this would prove to be one of the lowest production totals from that facility for the entire series. The 1854-S mintage, however, was widely distributed throughout the Western regions, and most surviving examples are well-circulated. Many of the high-grade coins known today were among the 200 to 300 pieces recovered from the S.S. Yankee Blade shipwreck. This Choice AU representative exhibits smooth green-gold surfaces with hints of rose-gold luster in the protected regions. High-point wear is minimal, and the eye appeal is unusually high for the grade. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $15275.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.