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1861-S DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD -
Reverse by Anthony Paquet

PCGS No: 8936

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 19,250
Proofs: 0

Designer:
Obverse: James Barton Longacre
Reverse: Anthony Paquet

Diameter: 34.45 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10% 

Weight: 516 grains (33.4 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco) below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Notes:
The finest Paquet Reverse 1861-S Double Eagles graded by PCGS are 2 AU-55's.

In August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic.  Included was one 1861-S Paquet Reverse Double Eagles in AU-58.

Significant examples:
NGC AU-58.  S.S. Republic (NGC 5055617-008)

"Choice About Uncirculated".  Jeff Browning - Sotheby's / Stack's 10/2001:31

About Uncirculated.  Stack's 11/1989:1519 - Stack's "Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", 05/2001:108, "Paquet's Rev", plated, sold for $26,450.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"The NGC Census Report", August 13, 2004, www.ngcoin.com