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July 13, 2016

Beautiful 1865-S $20 Brother Jonathan #696 PCGS MS63

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Beautiful 1865-S $20 Brother Jonathan #696 PCGS MS63 - $15,500.

Lustrous 63+. A strong strike and muted mint luster characterize this Western branch mint, Civil War dated 1865-S Double Eagle that comes with the provenance of the ill-fated SS Brother Jonathan. The strike shows full details on the centers of the stars, Liberty’s hair, and the design elements of the reverse, especially the eagle. The surfaces are original and clean for the grade with no individually notable abrasion marks.

The SS Brother Jonathan was built in 1851 by Edward Mills, a New Yorker who wanted to operate a shipping business during the Gold Rush era. The ship was 220 feet long and 36 feet wide. It traveled from New York to Panama. Its passengers would cross the Isthmus of Panama and proceed to California in another ship.

In 1852, Cornelius Vanderbilt purchased the Brother Jonathan to replace one of his ships that had been wrecked. He had it sail around Cape Horn and used it on the Pacific to travel to California. Vanderbilt had the ship rebuilt to accommodate more passengers. In 1856 the ship was sold to Captain John Wright, who renamed it the Commodore. She traveled up the coast from San Francisco to Vancouver and back.


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