1896-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. MS-64 (PCGS). CAC. A bright and beautiful example, both sides are aglow with frosty mint luster and vivid rose-gold patina. Sharply struck and a delight to behold. The mintage of the 1896-S double eagle amounted to 1,403,925 pieces, up more than 260,000 coins from the previous years total at the San Francisco Mint. Face value equaled $28,078,500. Much of the mintage was exported, repatriations in recent decades swelling the Mint State population to 10,000 to 16,000 or more examples. This piece is far finer than the typical survivor in the MS-60 to MS-62 grade range, and it is sure to catch the eye of discerning bidders. From the Fairmont Collection.