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Eagle Numismatics Proudly Presents "The Eagle Collection" A One-of-a-kind Collection of $20 Double Eagles! Every Mint! Every Year!

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An absolutely complete collection of Coronet or Liberty Head Double Eagles has recently been certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. Consisting of exactly 150 coins, the assembling of this set is an amazing and nearly unprecedented accomplishment. Known collectively as the Eagle Collection, each and every piece now bears that pedigree on its NGC encapsulated holder. Not only is this collection of the highest importance for its scope, but it also includes a number of outstanding individual rarities.

Premier among these is the 1856-O double eagle. Displaying an absolutely full strike and mirrored fields, this magnificent coin has been designated as a "specimen" striking by NGC, which additionally graded it Mint State-63. A rarity in any grade, Walter Breen estimated that "possibly 10-12 [are] known." Another rarity included in this complete set is the 1854-O. NGC has graded the Eagle Collection example as About Uncirculated-58. Among the other highlights within the early date coins is the former John Jay Pittman specimen of the 1851 Philadelphia Mint double eagle, NGC graded MS-61. The Eagle Collection's rare 1855-O twenty has been certified as MS-60 by NGC, while its nearly as rare 1861-O earned the grade of AU-58. One of the most famous of Coronet Double Eagles is the 1861 San Francisco Mint issue with Anthony C. Paquet's rejected reverse die. Fewer than 20,000 pieces were issued, and the Eagle Collection example is an impressive AU-58.

Several rarities exist among the Carson City Mint double eagles, the greatest of these being the first year edition dated 1870. Breen declared that this coin is unknown in Mint State, and the Eagle Collection specimen has been graded a very respectable XF-45. Other "CC" Mint highlights include 1871-CC (AU-55) and 1872-CC (AU-58). The 1879-O double eagle is a major rarity in all grades, and the Eagle Collection example is a desirable MS-60 grade. Other late date rarities include 1881 (AU-55), 1882 (MS-62), 1886 (AU-55) and 1891 (AU-58). These Philadelphia Mint issues were all made in very small numbers, and collectors of that time showed little interest in them, preferring to save only proofs. Among the important proof-only dates of the 1880s, the Eagle Collection includes some very impressive pieces. The following NGC-assigned grades tell the story: 1883 (Proof-64 Cameo),1884 (PF-64 Cameo)and 1887 (PF-66). 

Completion of the Coronet Double Eagle series is an extremely difficult task, irrespective of the grades involved. To accomplish this goal with the consistently high grades of the Eagle Collection is an especially impressive achievement. The only previous collections to rival this one are those assembled by Josiah K. Lilly (now held by the Smithsonian Institution) and Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (dispersed at auction in 1982).

Listing of all coins in the collection from www.coinmaven.com:

 DATE  GRADE Combined Population
GRADE FINER
1850
AU-58 38 51
1850-0
AU-53 22 26
1851
MS-61 30 38
1851-0
AU-58 28 14
1852
MS-62 26 15
1852-0
AU-58 58 15
1853
MS-62 12 3
1853/2
AU-55 13 10
1853-0
MS-61 3 1
1854
MS-61 12 4
1854-0
AU-58 2 0
1854-S
MS-64 9 3
1855
MS-60 4 7
1855-0
MS-60 1 1
1855-S
AU-58 85 17
1856
AU-58 18 29
1856-0
MS-63 3 0
1856-S
MS-61 52 152
1857
MS-61 16 12
1857-0
MS-60 1 2
1857-S
AU-58 705 4061
1858
MS-61 13 5
1858-0
AU-55 9 3
1858-S
AU-58 51 15
1859
AU-55 23 18
1859-0
AU-58 3 2
1859-S
MS-62 11 0
1860
MS-61 25 17
1860-0
AU-58 8 0
1860-S
MS-61 7 9
1861
MS-61 100 155
1861-0
XF-45 42 71
1861-S
MS-61 7 2
1861-S PAQ
AU-58 3 0
1862
AU-58 11 9
1862-S
MS-61 4 1
1863
AU-58 16 6
1863-S
MS-61 26 12
1864
AU-58 29 6
1864-S
AU-58 64 64
1865
MS-61 4 5
1865-S
AU-58 44 645
1866-S N/M
XF-45 49 30
1866
AU-58 80 39
1866-S
MS-61 7 2
1867
MS-62 32 0
1867-S
MS-61 8 0
1868
AU-55 24 36
1868-S
MS-62 3 0
1869
AU-58 25 21
1869-S
AU-58 103 39
1870
MS-61 4 1
1870-CC
XF-45 10 4
1870-S
MS-61 10 0
1871
MS-61 6 10
1871-CC
AU-55 14 7
1871-S
MS-60 34 56
1872
MS-60 41 31
1872-CC
AU-58 18 2
1872-S
MS-61 21 6
1873-CLOSED
MS-61 6 3
1873 OPEN
MS-63 96 7
1873-CC
MS-60 10 3
1873-S-CLOSED
MS-61 102 26
1873-S-OPEN
MS-61 8 4
1874
MS-61 54 15
1874-CC
MS-60 7 6
1874-S
MS-61 116 16
1875
MS-63 37 4
1875-CC
MS-63 24 0
1875-S
MS-63 11 4
1876
MS-63 27 13
1876-CC
MS-62 28 2
1876-S
MS-63 54 11
1877
MS-62 67 14
1877-CC
MS-61 8 4
1877-S
MS-62 88 9
1878
MS-63 35 2
1878-CC
AU-58 23 5
1878-S
MS-61 181 68
1879
MS-63 3 0
1879-CC
AU-58 17 11
1879-0
MS-60 2 1
1879-S
MS-61 103 25
1880
MS-60 11 14
1880-S
MS-64 2 2
1881
AU-55 4 5
1881-S
MS-61 107 69
1882
AU-58 3 1
1882-CC
AU-58 150 45
1882-S
MS-62 159 14
1883
PF-64CAM 10 2
1883-CC
MS-62 9 4
1883-S
MS-63 87 6
1884
PF 64CAM 8 2
1884-CC
MS-61 77 50
1884-S
MS-63 144 14
1885
MS-62 2 6
1885-CC
MS-61 8 3
1885-S
MS-64 10 0
1886
AU-55 6 9
1887
PF-66 2 0
1887-S
MS-62 143 26
1888
MS-64 4 3
1888-S
MS-64 48 0
1889
MS-62 90 4
1889-CC
MS-61 30 36
1889-S
MS-64 4 0
1890
MS-62 143 56
1890-CC
MS-61 75 29
1890-S
MS-64 9 1
1891
AU-58 26 0
1891-CC
AU-55 26 64
1891-S
MS-64 52 0
1892
MS-60 9 34
1892-CC
MS-62 33 8
1892-S
MS-64 46 2
1893
MS-64 44 1
1893-CC
MS-63 19 1
1893-S
MS-64 23 0
1894
MS-64 112 5
1894-S
MS-64 123 7
1895
MS-64 284 10
1895-S
MS-64 119 10
1896
MS-64 198 8
1896-S
MS-64 101 2
1897
MS-64 252 6
1897-S
MS-64 199 12
1898
MS-64 18 0
1898-S
MS-64 777 80
1899
MS-65 56 1
1899-S
MS-64 307 9
1900
MS-65 107 2
1900-S
MS-64 98 3
1901
MS-65 443 3
1901-S
MS-63 334 87
1902
MS-64 8 1
1902-S
MS-63 365 40
1903
MS-65 288 4
1903-S
MS-65 19 0
1904
MS-65 4392 173
1904-S
MS-65 194 2
1905
MS-62 217 34
1905-S
MS-64 134 7
1906
MS-62 219 128
1906-D
MS-63 457 110
1906-S
MS-64 170 3
1907
MS-64 503 12
1907-D
MS-65 159 25
1907-S
MS-64 229 5

Information and photos provided courtesy:
Brett Bogus, www.coinmaven.com

 

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