||1861-S $20 AU58 NGC. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Following an order from Philadelphia to cease minting coins with the new Paquet reverse, the San Francisco Mint reverted to the use of the original design by James B. Longacre, and produced 768,000 examples of that variety. Circulated survivors can be located in grades through About Uncirculated with little difficulty, but Mint State examples are rare in all grades and none have been certified finer than MS63. This near-Mint representative displays glowing apricot-gold luster in the recesses, with warm honey-gold patina over the high points. The surfaces are unusually clean for the grade level, and the eye appeal is superior to that of many Mint State examples. NGC has encapsulated only 26 numerically finer representatives (8/14). 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 $6168.75. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.