||1861 $20 MS61 NGC. CAC. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. A popular issue among type collectors, the 1861 double eagle had a substantial mintage of almost 3 million coins, and is proportionately available in most grades today. Mint State examples can be found with only limited difficulty, but the majority of these are heavily abraded, grading no finer than MS62; attractive Mint State coins are decidedly scarce. This piece is certified at the MS61 level, but exhibits an unusual amount of eye appeal for the grade. A degree of semiprooflike mirroring in the fields beautifully complements the rich lemon-gold patina. The strike is sharp and there are few abrasions observed on either side. 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 @ $75.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $6462.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.