||1899-S $20 MS62 NGC. The Philadelphia Mint began increasing its double eagle production in the mid-1890s, and in 1899, achieved a mintage of more than 1.6 million coins. Not to be outdone, the San Francisco Mint, long the workhorse facility for double eagle production, coined more than 2 million pieces that year, officially ranking the 1899-S as a common issue, suitable for type representation. Yet the date's availability plummets at the Gem grade level, and any such coin is a major rarity in the series. This luminous representative displays radiant lemon-gold mint bloom and boasts remarkably clean surfaces for the grade. The devices are sharply brought up, and the eye appeal is equally strong. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $1880.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.