1858-S $20 MS (PCGS# 8925)
The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 1829
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Satiny surfaces exhibit dominant medium-orange patina beneath a dusting of pale silvery tinting. Most abrasions are small in size and nicely concealed by the toning, although little effort is required to discern bold-to-sharp devices that point to a well-executed strike.<br /> A scarce issue that has not benefited from the discovery of any sizeable hoards, the 1858-S is the fourth-rarest Type I Double eagle struck in the San Francisco Mint. This assessment is per Doug Winter and Adam Crum in the 2002 book <em>An Insider's Guide to Collecting Type I Double Eagles</em>.