1876-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. MS-62 (PCGS). Light honey-gold patina mingles with frosty mint luster on both sides of this original and attractive example. The mintage for this plentiful San Francisco Mint issue is 1,597,000 pieces, up more than 250,000 pieces from the previous years total at the West Coast facility. Face value amounted to $31,940,000. Many were exported, beginning in a significant way in 1879. We estimate a Mint State population for the 1876-S of 2,000 to 3,000 pieces, if not more. Most of these are at MS-60 to MS-61, though MS-62 pieces can be found with a modicum of patience. This is a particularly attractive coin for the assigned grade that represents a significant find for the quality conscious gold enthusiast. From the Fairmont Collection.