History, Information, and Value of 1876-S Gold Liberty Double Eagle
Value of 1876-S $20 Double Eagle
This is a well struck double eagle with most examples either boldly defined throughout or showing only trivial softness of detail to the highest elements of Liberty’s portrait on the obverse. High grade examples tend to be quite lustrous with a satiny, frosty or, less often, semi-prooflike finish. Most examples are noticeably abraded, many extensively so, although with such a large population of surviving coins it is possible to locate a piece with relatively smooth surfaces. After only the 1873 Open 3, the 1876-S double eagle is the most common Type 2 Liberty Head double eagle. Examples are readily obtainable in all grades from VF through MS-62, and even in MS-63 this issue is plentiful compared to others of the type. In higher grades the 1876-S is rare, however, with the finest examples known certified MS-65 by PCGS and NGC.