||1879 $20 Doubled Die Reverse, FS-801, MS62 NGC. CAC. Described in the Cherrypickers' Guide: "Strong doubling is evident on all reverse lettering, including E PLURIBUS UNUM, and the banner." Doubling is further evident on the stars and olive leaves. NGC has attributed just two examples of this bold variety, both MS62 coins, while PCGS has certified only 11 examples, the finest being a sole MS62+ representative (8/14). This piece exhibits surprisingly smooth surfaces for the grade, with sharp design elements and radiant honey-gold luster. As a date, the 1879 double eagle is moderately available in circulated grades, but becomes elusive in Mint State, and those grading finer than the present example are decidedly rare. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $8225.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.