1876-S SAN FRANCISCO GOLD $20 LIBERTY
PCGS MS60In 1876, the San Francisco Mint produced 1,597,000 double eagles, the second highest mintage in the Type-II series after the 1873 Open 3. Many of the 1876-S issues where exported to Europe at the time of issue, and stored in bank vaults until later discovered and brought back to America in relativity good condition.1876 was the last year of the Type-II double eagle series, where the denomination on the reverse reads, ''TWENTY D.'' The following year in 1877, it was spelled-out as ''TWENTY DOLLARS.''
The 1876-S is a highly collectible coin and a great addition to any numismatic collection. This large $20 gold piece was a very precious piece of pocket change during 1876, in the Western frontier. Today, graded Mint State coins are available in lower grades. The finest known is a MS 65.
1876 was a monumental date in United States history. 1876 was America's Centennial anniversary, and Philadelphia hosted the World's Fair Centennial Exhibition with 10,000 attendees. That same year, Mark Twain published ''The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.'' The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, and Baseball's National League was founded. On the other hand, 1876 had some challenges. That year had one of the most contentious and controversial, and widely disputed presidential elections. This was the year of Custer's Last Stand at the Battle of Little Big Horn, and the year ''Wild Bill'' Hickok was killed in a poker game while holding Aces and Eights, known as a ''Dead Man's Hand.''
This 1876-S $20 Double Eagle escaped circulation, and has been preserved in MS60 condition for over 140 years.