David Akers (1975/88): (PCGS CoinFacts editor's note: Before the 1999 marketing of the SS Brother Jonathan treasure ship hoard, which included hundreds of uncirculated 1865-S Double Eagles, David Akers had written the following)
Based on the total number specimens known, the 1865-S is one of the most common Type I Double Eagles from the San Francisco Mint. In fact, it appeared at auction in the 443 catalogues surveyed more times than any other. However, the overwhelming majority of known specimens are VF and EF. In AU condition this date is rare and in uncircualtyed condition it is all but unobtainable. Personally, I have seen only two mint state 1865-S Double Eagles, both average Unc-60 quality. Something better may exist but I have not seen or heard of it.
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