Two NGC-certified Double Eagles Soar at Stack's Bowers Rarities Night

Posted on 11/22/2019

Together, the New Orleans Mint rarities realized more than $500,000.

Vintage US coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) did exceptionally well at Stack’s Bowers Galleries Baltimore Rarities Night. The top lots were two $20 coins from New Orleans: an 1856-O Liberty Head Double Eagle and an 1854-O Liberty Head Double Eagle, which together realized more than $500,000 (USD) in the November 14, 2019, sale.

The 1856-O Liberty Head Double Eagle graded NGC AU 53 realized $264,000 (USD). It is one of only 2,250 pieces struck, as very little of the bullion mined in California during the mid-1850s reached the New Orleans Mint for double eagle coinage. Most went to San Francisco or the Northeast, making this coin a true southern belle highly sought after by collectors.

1856-O Liberty Head Double Eagle graded NGC AU 53 that realized $264,000 (USD)
Click images to enlarge.

Minted two years earlier, an 1854-O Liberty Head Double Eagle graded NGC XF 45, realized $240,000 (USD). This coin is also among the rarest of double eagles. Less than 40 examples are thought to exist and very few have been offered for sale at auction in recent years. 

An example from the smallest mintage of the entire Draped Bust Half Dime series had a big day at auction. Realizing $192,000 (USD), this 1802 Half Dime graded NGC AU 50 is a classic numismatic rarity, recognized as the key date among all issues of the denomination.

1802 Half Dime graded NGC AU 50 that realized $192,000 (USD)
Click images to enlarge.

Other NGC-certified coins that realized significant prices included:

All prices realized include buyer’s premium.


Articles List