2016 has been a relatively good year for gold.
It started the year at $1,072.70 an ounce and then enjoyed steady
gains this summer when it routinely hit the $1,350 level. It has moved
down from those levels while people wait for the outcome of the
presidential election and any potential market response that may
impact precious metal prices.
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affecting the rare coin market
Despite this uncertainty, collectors still love gold coins,
especially rare and unusual ones.
Here is one of three from recent sales that caught my eye.
1889-S Coronet $20 double eagle from the Saddle Ridge Hoard, MS-64+
The Saddle Ridge Hoard made big news in February 2014 when Kagin’s
Inc. in Tiburon, Calif., announced the discovery of 1,427 19th century
gold coins in eight metal canisters valued at more than $10 million.
Most of the coins in the Saddle Ridge Hoard were Coronet $20 double
eagles struck at the San Francisco Mint in the late 19th century. The
coins were initially certified by PCGS and more than a dozen coins in
the hoard were (or tied with) the finest PCGS certified examples.
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The hoard included 422 1889-S Coronet double eagles, including two
that PCGS graded MS-65+. This 1889-S Coronet double eagle graded
MS-64+ by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., but with the Saddle Ridge Hoard
provenance, sold for $8,225 at Heritage’s August 2016 American
Numismatic Association auction in Anaheim, Calif. The price realized
was in line with prices that comparable non-Saddle Ridge examples had
brought in recent transactions.
Keep reading this gold-rarity-themed Market Analysis:
The tiny mistake that
makes this American Eagle gold $10 bullion coin a $10,000
rarity: The U.S. Mint was busy in 1999 striking gold
coins to meet increased demand for physical gold. So, naturally,
errors like the one this coin features happened.
Whose ANA 50-year membership gold
medal brought more than $2,000?: The ANA has
issued a variety of numismatic collectibles including membership
medals, award medals and convention medals during its long history.