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Gold $20s highlight Heritage FUN auction

An 1860-O Liberty Head $20 gold piece will be among the highlights of the Summer FUN auction to be conducted July 9-10 & 12 by Heritage Auction Galleries in West Palm Beach, Fla.

It is part of an extensive date and mint section of gold $20 coins that will be offered.

The coin is graded AU-58 by the Professional Coin Grading Service. The cataloger says that the coin is one of the more challenging Southern double eagles, but does not have the “stopper” status of the 1854-O and 1856-O.

Its surfaces are described as vivid yellow-gold with minor emerald and honey-orange overtones.

An 1859-O $20, also grading AU-58 by PCGS, is called a better strike than ordinarily seen with bold obverse stars and strong hair. The surfaces have “considerable medium yellow-gold luster.”

An 1866-S gold $20 without the “IN God We Trust” motto on the reverse is graded AU-53 by PCGS.

The Population Report notes that there are seven coins in AU-53.

An AU-58 example of the 1882 double eagle the catalog notes is the rarest Type 3 business strike. The coin is graded by Independent Coin Grading.

The coin is described as having “attractive gold patina imbued with splashes of mint-green on the obverse portrait.”

Over 300 lots are Liberty Head $20s.

Another highlight is a Proof-63 Ultra Cameo 1891 with a star designation and a CAC sticker. Mintage totals just 52.

Other gold coins in the auction include a Proof-65 cameo 1879 Flowing Hair Stella $4 gold piece. The coin is graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. and it is described in the auction catalog as having “lovely green-gold color” that accents the “virtually flawless surfaces.”

An MS-62 octagonal Panama-Pacific $50 coin highlights the gold commemoratives offered in the sale. The PCGS-graded coin has “butter-yellow luster,” according to the catalog.

Morgan dollars will also feature prominently in the Heritage auction. A top lot among them is an 1886-O grading PCGS MS-65 formerly in the Jack Lee collection.

The catalog notes there are only three coins grading MS-65 and none finer. This coin has predominantly white surfaces, as noted by the cataloger.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.HA.com.

The firm may be reached by telephone toll free at (866) 835-3243.

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