The NGC Universal ID is a four digit alphanumeric that groups coins based on a unique combination of date, mintmark, denomination and striking process (MS, PF, or SP). These IDs are a simple organization of all coins prior to variety attribution and grading.
The 1856-S eagle is one of the first productions from the fledgling San Francisco Mint, which opened in 1854. Despite the moderate production of 68,000 examples, most gold coins circulated in the hard-money-loving West, and the average survivor is well-circulated, about Choice XF or so.
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