||1876-S $20 AU58 NGC. CAC. The 1876-S double eagle is one of the more available San Francisco issues from the period, partly due to the return of numerous examples from overseas holdings. As a result, Mint State representatives can be found with little searching, but the vast majority are heavily abraded and grade no finer than MS62. A trace of high-point friction precludes a Mint State grade for this piece, but the surfaces are remarkably free of imperfections. Luminous apricot-gold luster remains in the protected regions, highlighting original olive-gold patina over the remainder of each side. Well detailed devices complement the smooth surfaces, delivering outstanding visual appeal for the grade. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $1586.25. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.