||1878 $20 Doubled Die Reverse MS62 NGC. CAC. Breen-7270, VP-001. The entire reverse is die-doubled, with the spread most evident on the lettering. This variety was apparently first reported by Ed Fleischman of ANACS, and was later described by Breen in his 1988 Encyclopedia as being "very rare." NGC recognizes the doubled die variety under their VarietyPlus service as VP-001. The piece here offered is the finest of just seven representatives attributed by NGC (8/14). Subtle olive-colored overtones complement frosty peach-gold luster on each side, while the design elements are boldly brought up and the surfaces are remarkably clean, considering the grade. As a date, this issue is scarcely encountered finer. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $4406.25. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.