1855-S $20
Lot 1211
1855-S $20
From a comparatively large mintage of 879,675 coins, this issue was once considered extremely rare in Mint State grades as most known coins entered circulation on the West coast. In more recent years, that statistic has changed because this date is now well represented in shipwreck finds. More than 300 examples of the '55-S were recovered from the S.S. Central America, and 57 examples were found in the wreckage of the S.S. Republic. This is not the case with this example, as it has been impounded in a private collection since the 1950s, long before either of these shipwrecks was discovered. It is a true "above-ground" Mint State survivor, one of those previous "extremely rare" examples. This is definitely a high-end coin featuring a bold strike on all details, save for several strands of Liberty's hair which are always softly struck. Satiny mint luster over the virtually unmarked fields with attractive green-gold color that is enhanced with wisps of orange at certain light angles. Double eagle specialists will pay close attention as this lot crosses the block. (PCGS 8916)
Sold for US$ 12,870 inc. premium

Lot Details
1855-S $20
From a comparatively large mintage of 879,675 coins, this issue was once considered extremely rare in Mint State grades as most known coins entered circulation on the West coast. In more recent years, that statistic has changed because this date is now well represented in shipwreck finds. More than 300 examples of the '55-S were recovered from the S.S. Central America, and 57 examples were found in the wreckage of the S.S. Republic. This is not the case with this example, as it has been impounded in a private collection since the 1950s, long before either of these shipwrecks was discovered. It is a true "above-ground" Mint State survivor, one of those previous "extremely rare" examples. This is definitely a high-end coin featuring a bold strike on all details, save for several strands of Liberty's hair which are always softly struck. Satiny mint luster over the virtually unmarked fields with attractive green-gold color that is enhanced with wisps of orange at certain light angles. Double eagle specialists will pay close attention as this lot crosses the block. (PCGS 8916) Choice Uncirculated
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Paul Song
    Specialist - Coins and Banknotes
    Bonhams
    Work
    7601 W. Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, United States 90046
    Work +1 323 436 5455
    FaxFax: +1 323 850 5843
Similar Items