first coin sold from the Saddle Ridge Hoard of U.S. gold coins brought
$15,000 at a fundraising event May 27 in San Francisco to benefit the
Old Mint and establish an American Money and Gold Rush Museum.
coin is an 1874-S Coronet gold $20
double eagle graded About Uncirculated 53 by Professional Coin
coin is one of 1,427 gold coins from 1847 to 1894 that a couple
unearthed in February 2013 after finding them on their northern
California property. The coins were discovered secreted inside eight
couple donated the 1874-S double eagle for the fundraising efforts.
of the coins from the hoard were being offered at fixed prices
beginning at midnight Eastern Time May 27 simultaneously on Amazon.com
and Kagins.com. Kagins in Tiburon, Calif., was contracted by the
couple to market the coins.
accessing the Amazon.com website could purchase the coins directly
from the Amazon website. Those accessing the Kagins.com website
could see the coins illustrated, but have to call 415-272-5639 to
place their order.
all of the coins discovered were being offered for public sale,
according to David McCarthy, senior numismatist and researcher for
Kagin's. McCarthy said the couple retained an undisclosed number of