David Akers (1975/88): As a business strike, the 1882 is the second rarest Liberty Head Double Eagle after the excessively rare 1861 Paquet, more rare than the 1856-O, 1854-O or 1870-CC. Most of the business strikes grade EF (all known specimens are prooflike) and I have seen only two in AU. There is also one known unc and that coin is really something. By the most conservative grading standards it is a true Gem Unc-65 or possibly even a bit better. It is part of a complete collection of Double Eagles in the care of a prominent Dallas bank.
H. Jeff Browning "Dallas Bank Collection" - Sotheby's/Stack's 10/2001:88, $86,250
Dr. Barry Southerland Collection - Kutasi Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3204, $138,000
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