||1855-S $20 AU58 NGC. CAC. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. The year 1855 witnessed a massive shift in double eagle production from the Philadelphia Mint to the new San Francisco facility that would endure, for the most part, throughout the remainder of the series. The California branch produced nearly 880,000 double eagles that year, compared to little more than 364,000 coins at Philadelphia. The San Francisco issue is proportionately available in an absolute sense, but as most examples circulated extensively, Mint State pieces are genuinely scarce. This nearly Uncirculated coin displays luminous orange-gold luster emanating from beneath thin olive-gold overtones, while only slight friction is seen over each side and the surfaces are nearly free of significant abrasions. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $100.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $4993.75. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.