1873-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. Close 3. MS-61 (PCGS).Colorful golden-apricot color blends with strong mint luster on both sides of this attractive piece. Sharply struck through the centers with superior quality and eye appeal for a MS-61 double eagle of the Type II Liberty Head design. The mintage of this variety comprised the larger part of 1,040,060 pieces for the 1873-S double eagle. These coins circulated extensively in commerce on the West Coast and were also used in the export trade. It seems that many 1873-S double eagles were exported to South America, probably around the turn of the 20th century. Information concerning specific overseas hoards is very difficult to find as the banks and governments involved prefer secrecy.<p>We estimate that 350 to 450 Mint State examples survive for the 1873-S Close 3. Most are in the lowest grades, MS-60 or MS-61, and virtually all are coins repatriated after World War II. Before the 1960s, Mint State 1873-S double eagles were very rare. Indeed, it was not until the 1990s that they were seen with some frequency, although superior quality MS-61 examples such as that offered here remain scarce from a condition standpoint.PCGS# 8969. NGC ID: 26AL.<strong>To view all items from the Fairmont Collection-Kronen Set, click<a href="https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots?search=fairmont+collection&parent_category=1-11EIQ&lots_range=upcoming"target=’_blank’> here.</a></strong>.From the Fairmont Collection - Kronen Set.