Splendid 1857-S Double Eagle
1857-S $20 gold. Variety with 18 in date repunched. Intense iridescent orange and red encrustation on the obverse presents a dazzling display of bright hues, with deepening violet toward the rims. Liberty's portrait displays bright blue and green at her neck, adding to the rainbow appearance. Areas of bright honey gold show where the encrustation has peeled, revealing a nearly pristine Mint State double eagle below the colorful array. The reverse is muted violet and clay red, not so impressive visually as the obverse, but still an interesting effect is seen.