1865-S $20 Liberty Head Double Eagle NGC MS62 Ex. SS Brother Jonathan
PQ example of Civil War era gold!
Just look at the images of this offering from AUCM. For its assigned grade, it is simply stunning. Shipwreck salvaged coins are among the most beautiful and well preserved in all of numismatics. NGC has awarded the grade of MS62 to 109 pieces, with 262 finer.
Sailing card for the SS Brother Jonathan.
Gold specialist Doug Winter writes, "A number of the S.S. Brother Jonathan ... coins have very clean surfaces with almost no marks; these must have been pristine when they were loaded on the ship. ... The luster is frosty ... On the shipwreck coins, the quality and appearance of the luster varies. Some have exceptional frosty luster and show little evidence of having been on the ocean floor for over a century. ... A small number have superb color and are ... among the most attractive ... gold coins ... struck prior to the end of the Civil War." As you can see from the photos of the specimen offered by AUCM, this is one those with "superb color" that are "among the most attractive" gold double eagles.
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