||1861 $20 AU58 NGC. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Prior to the discovery of the S.S. Central America, when thousands of San Francisco-issued double eagles dated 1856 and 1857 were recovered, the 1861 Philadelphia issue was widely regarded as the most plentiful Type One issue in the Liberty Head series. While no longer at the top of the population charts, the date remains one of the more plentiful Type One issues overall, and is therefore often chosen for type representation. A trace of high-point friction keeps this sharply struck example from a Mint State grade, but the eye appeal is far superior to that seen on many lower-grade Uncirculated examples. Thick mint frost blankets each side in rich green-gold luster, and the surfaces are unusually free of noticeable 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 @ $85.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $3525.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.