1879 $20 MS (PCGS# 8988)

2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction #1158

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Lot Description
1879 $20 MS61 PCGS. Numerical grading fails this coin. While technically accurate due to moderate abrasions, it fails to describe the marvelous, swirling prooflike luster that is so blatant on both sides, clearly the product of fresh strikes from newly polished dies. The coin, fortunately, subsequently was "left alone," today a radiant representative of the issue. Reddish-orange, fully struck surfaces show a hint of green, and a couple of thin abrasions before and behind Liberty's head require singular mention.
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