||1855-S $20 AU53 NGC. CAC. Q. David Bowers, in A Guide Book of Double Eagle Gold Coins, writes of this issue: "The 1855-S double eagle is readily collectible in grades such as VF, XF, and even AU. Mint State coins exist, are very rare, and are mostly in lower MS levels." Not surprisingly, attractive AU examples are often chosen by those collectors seeking ample eye appeal for a more affordable price than a higher-grade Mint State piece brings. This coin displays a touch of light wear over the devices, but has surprisingly few consequential abrasions. Original green-gold patina blankets much of each side, though brighter honey-gold hues are noted in the protected regions. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $2585.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.