PCGS grade. Purchased by Louis Eliasberg when he acquired the John Clapp collection in 1942. Acquired by John Clapp's father, J.M. Clapp, directly from the San Francisco Mint in 1902. Purchased at the Bowers & Ruddy Oct '82 Eliasberg sale by Joel Gabrelow for $17,600. Note that Eliasberg also had an 1897-S, 1898-S, 1899-S, and 1905-S which PCGS subsequently graded MS67. Lot #1008. Pedigreed 1/28/11.
David Akers (1975/88): The 1902-S, although not as rare overall as the 1901-S, is another very underrated date in full mint state. An Unc. 1902-S is certainly not the common date it is always pictured to be or that its Half Eagle and Eagle brothers are. Choice uncs are very scarce and true gems are surprisingly rare. In fact, the collector wanting a full MS-65 1902-S Double Eagle may be in for a very long search.