Gold Coinage of the San Francisco Mint: Part Two, Quarter Eagles 1854-1879

The San Francisco quarter eagle series presents the collector with a challenging but completable goal with all coins available for less than $7,500, except for the exceedingly rare 1854-S. It is a set that I strongly recommend…

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A Brief Analysis of Low Grade No Motto San Francisco Half Eagles and Eagles

A Brief Analysis of Low Grade No Motto San Francisco Half Eagles and Eagles

The impetus behind this article was a nice PCGS VG10 1864-S eagle which I recently handled. As I was writing this coin up, I got to thinking that I had handled an uncommonly large number of very low grade examples of this date…

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So...You've Decided to Collect San Francisco Gold Coins...

So...You've Decided to Collect San Francisco Gold Coins...

The San Francisco mint opened in 1854 and it made gold coins up through 1930. I have seen more interest in San Francisco gold coinage in the last five-ten years than I have at any other time in my numismatic career, and I feel that San Francisco gold coinage is an especially fascinating segment of the market.

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Three Underappreaciated With Motto San Francisco Eagles

Three Underappreaciated With Motto San Francisco Eagles

While writing my October 2017 article on Liberty Head eagles I spent time discussing the With Motto San Francisco issues, struck from 1866 to 1907. Three dates stood out as being overlooked and underappreciated...

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The San Francisco Gold Coin Market: What's Hot, and What's Not

I’ve written a lot about the 19th century gold coinage from the San Francisco mint, but it’s been awhile since I’ve discussed the “heat factor” for the various types and denominations from this mint. Clearly, San Francisco gold has gone from “unloved” to “up and coming” in the last few years, but which specific series are hot and which are not? Let’s take a look at each series and let me share my thoughts with you.

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Sold by Douglas Winter Numismatics: Very Rare Uncirculated 1862-S Half Eagle

Sold by Douglas Winter Numismatics: Very Rare Uncirculated 1862-S Half Eagle

The 1862-S is the second rarest Civil War era half eagle from the San Francisco mint, trailing only the 1864-S. Of the 9,500 struck, only 45-55 are known with most in lower grades. The reasons for this low survival rate include heavy use in commerce, pervasive meltings, and a lack of local collectors or dealers to save any pieces, as occurred with certain Philadelphia issues from this period.

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