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Desirable 1885-S Liberty Head Double Eagle in Stack’s Bowers May 2018 Collectors Choice Online Auction

By James McCartneyNumismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers ……
Stack's Bowers 1885-S $20 Gold Coin

Our May 2018 Collectors Choice Online Auction–which takes place on Wednesday, May 23–features exciting United States, World, and Ancient coins, as well as paper money. With a focus on collector quality across every series, this sale is sure to entice collectors of every interest.

Among the more impressive U.S. coin offerings is a beautiful 1885-S Liberty Head double eagle certified MS-63+ by PCGS. Its golden-wheat surfaces display dense, satiny luster across each side. The fields are smooth, complementing the sharp design elements. It is a gorgeous Choice example with strong eye appeal and technical quality.

The 1885-S Liberty Head double eagle is highly desirable, offering both conditional rarity and overall scarcity. It has a relatively low mintage of 683,500 examples, compared to the 1,189,000 and 916,000 coins struck in 1883 and 1884 at the San Francisco Mint. It is the only reasonably attainable 1885-dated double eagle, as the Philadelphia Mint and Carson City Mint coins are considerable rarities. Because of this, the 1885-S faces additional pressure from date collectors seeking a representative of the year, and there is strong demand for examples in all grades. As with most double eagles of the era, the 1885-S is heavily plagued by bagmarks even in Uncirculated grades, and examples are difficult to locate above MS-62.

The presently offered example is among the finest survivors of this desirable mintage, with just 15 MS-63+ pieces certified by PCGS and only 41 finer. A pair of Gem MS-65 examples represent the very finest graded by PCGS.

View and bid on this MS-63+ (PCGS) 1885-S Liberty Head double eagle featured in our May 2018 Collectors Choice Online Auction by visiting www.StacksBowers.com. To consign your collection to one of our future auctions, please contact a numismatic representative today at 800-458-4646 or email [email protected]. Also, download our mobile app to view and participate in our exciting auctions via your Android or Apple device.

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Stack's Bowershttps://stacksbowers.com/
Stack's Bowers Galleries conducts live, internet, and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company's 90-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection, The Sydney F. Martin Collection, and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Salton Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection. The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California with galleries in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Offices are also located in New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Hong Kong, Paris, and Vancouver.

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