1861-S $20 Paquet AU58

PCGS#: 8936

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1861-S Paquet is the rarest Liberty Head Double Eagle from the San Francisco Mint. Its only real close competitor for that distinction is the 1866-S No Motto but, in my opinion, there are more of the latter in existence than there are 1861-S Paquets. In high grade, the 1861-S Paquet is extremely rare and, to the best of my knowledge, it is unknown in full mint state. I have seen only two specimens I graded as high as AU-50 and nothing even close to Unc. As a general rule, this date is usually grossly overgraded and even in strict EF condition it is seldom available. In my experience the majority of 1861-S Paquets are well worn, VF being typical, and they are almost always very heavily abraided.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 19,250 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 267 R-6.5 11 / 44 19 / 148
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 44 1 / 148
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 44 1 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU58 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 6/2005:1075, $134,550

1 AU58 PCGS grade

H. Jeff Browning "Dallas Bank Collection" - Sotheby's/Stack's 10/2001:31, $40,250

1 AU58 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2009:4145, $149,500 - Charles G. Wright Family Collection - Heritage 4/2014:5807, $223,250

1 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU55 PCGS grade