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Lot 3370

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Type Coin
Title Lot 3370
Date 1861
Side obverse
Grade 45
Service NGC
Service Catalog # 8934
Denomination $20
Mint Mark O
Description 1861-O $20 XF45 NGC. CAC. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. The 1861-O double eagle is a historically significant issue, as its meager mintage of just 17,741 pieces was produced by three different governing entities. Common reasoning, per Bowers, holds that about 5,000 examples were coined in January, while the mint was under federal control, another 9,750 examples were likely struck under the auspices of the state of Louisiana, and the remaining 2,991 were then coined following the mint's seizure by the Confederacy. All were struck with the same dies, making it impossible to differentiate those pieces produced under each flag. This Choice XF example displays deep, original green-gold patina, with unusually smooth surfaces, given the grade. 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 @ $90.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $41125.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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