||1855-S $20 AU58 NGC. CAC. Like the 1856-S and 1857-S issues, the 1855-S double eagle was considered a rarity in Mint State condition prior to the salvage of the S.S. Central America treasure. More than 300 examples were reportedly recovered from the shipwreck, nearly a third of which were in Mint State, these comprising the majority of the known Uncirculated survivors for the issue. Despite this find, Mint State examples of the 1855-S are decidedly scarce on the market. This near-Mint representative shows soft apricot-gold luster beneath original olive-gold overtones, while only a trace of friction is observed and the surfaces are largely free of major flaws. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $6462.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.