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Lot 1641

1851-O $20 Liberty PCGS MS63. PCGS graded MS-63. Fully untoned and well struck. Reflective fields on both sides which is commonly seen on these early New Orleans double eagles. Rarely are they found so well preserved, particularly so for this issue. In fact, noted expert Doug Winter believes that the only other MS-63 example certified by NGC was likely an MS-62 high end coin that just became upgraded to MS-63 in recent times. That makes this example all the more desirable as it earned an MS-63 from PCGS the first time through, notice the quality of the fields and devices and see what you think! Its a great looking coin, and which we believe will stand tall as the Finest Known for this issue.

It is notable that several examples of this date and mint were found in the shipwrecks of the S.S. Central America and S. S. Republic but none of these coins were mint state, having been in circulation for some time before those ships were lost. Thus, despite a mintage of 315,000 pieces, the 1851-O double eagle is quite elusive in mint state. Add to this fact that the present coin has been out of the numismatic marketplace for generations, and you have a real treasure that was sitting in a safe deposit box for decades! If you are a specialist in New Orleans coinage, or just appreciate high quality branch mint pieces, then be sure to stop and enjoy this elegant double eagle before it crosses the block, for once it is sold, it may not appear again for many years to come. Pop 1; none finer. Tied for the finest at either grading service (PCGS # 8905) Estimated Value $75,000-UP

Ex. US Gold from a prominent midwestern family collection.

Realized $99,875

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