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Lot 4786

1879-O $20 Liberty. NGC graded AU-58. NGC #1875267-001. A very rare date. Lightly toned with reflective surfaces. Only 2325 coins struck. A nice, full strike, as usually seen; on this piece, the borders detailed with full dentils on the obverse and missing just a few near the upper reverse. Swirling mint reflectivity still is visible beneath even, medium golden color. There are a few light, old hairlines and a stray abrasion here and there, including a small area of roughness at ES of STATES on the reverse, but the overall quality of the surface is better for the issue than most surviving Aus. Also, there are none of the severe spots or mint-made planchet faults that are commonly found on 1879-O double eagles. Its tiny mintage and its status as the only Type 3 New Orleans double eagle positions the 1879-O for extended popularity with coin buyers. Year in and year out the number offered get fewer. This date currently appears on many want lists, far more than any other Liberty Head $20 we know of. Pop 10; 7 finer; 5 in 60; 1 in 62; 1 in 63. (PCGS # 8990) .
Estimated Value $45,000 - 55,000.

Realized $71,875

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