Date…….1856 Grade…….PCGS MS61 PCGS Price Guide.….…...13500 Population (PCGS).……….22/11 Population (NGC)..…….….12/4 Population (CAC)..……..….5/1 Serial Number…….8917.61/37379935 PCGS Lookup Number…….8917
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$20.00 - 1856 PCGS MS61 - $12500
SCARCE PCGS/CAC MS61 1856 DOUBLE EAGLE
The 1856 is a scarce double eagle in Uncirculated with an estimated two dozen+ known, mostly in the MS60 to MS61 range. Few exist with deep, dark natural color and such coins are always in demand.
This piece is 100% original with deep russet on both sides and, unlike most of the examples from overseas sources (of which this is certainly one) it lacks dark, unappealing smudges on the high spots. There are some minor ticks in the left obverse field but this is a really choice piece for the date and grade with excellent overall eye appeal.
The last APR for a PCGS MS61 is $12,600 for a non-CAC piece sold as Stack’s Bowers 2018: 1328. There are just six APRs for PCGS MS61s since the beginning of 2006 with the highest of these $17,250 for a non-CAC piece back in August 2012.
This date is almost never seen choicer than this and this piece would fit well into nearly any high-quality set of Type One Liberty Head double eagles.
CAC has approved five in this grade with just one finer.