||1884-S $20 AU58 NGC. The San Francisco Mint continued to be the workhorse facility for double eagle production in 1884, manufacturing 916,000 pieces (compared to little more than 81,000 coins at the Carson City branch, and a smattering of just 71 proof examples at Philadelphia). As with earlier issues, most of the San Francisco pieces (and many of the Carson City coins, as well) were eventually shipped overseas for use in international trade. Today, this date survives in rather substantial quantities, compared with many other issues of the period, but most Mint State examples are heavily abraded. This near-Mint piece displays almost full, yellow-gold luster and showcases remarkably smooth surfaces. Close examination is needed to detect any signs of actual wear. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $1586.25. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.