1853 Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-58 (PCGS). CAC. A handsome honey-gold example with undeniable originality to the surfaces. Overall sharply defined with plenty of luster remaining to further tempt the discerning double eagle collector. The Philadelphia Mints output of double eagles in 1853 fell somewhat from the previous year, resulting in a mintage of 1,261,326 circulation strikes for a face value total of $25,226,520. Some portion of this mintage went overseas in later years, primarily to London, with many such pieces returning to the United States after World War Two. Despite third party certification data that suggests otherwise --undoubtedly due to multiple resubmissions -- we believe that perhaps as few as 15 to 20 different Mint State 1853 double eagles can be accounted for today. This is a remarkably limited total considering the "common date" status this issue has in numismatic circles. Given the elusiveness of Mint State survivors, this premium Choice AU is sure to catch the eye of astute bidders. From the Fairmont Collection.