The frosty and lustrous deep honey gold surfaces of this Type II branch mint double eagle glow with a soft touch of rose iridescence and the luster is unbroken on the design high points. Though the surfaces exhibit enough tiny marks to warrant the grade, most of those blemishes are only visible under low magnification. As a class, the Type II Liberty double eagles are the scarcest across the board in Mint State, and this date is no exception despite its mintage of 780,000 pieces. The oft-cited Bowers double eagle reference calls this date: "Another one of those San Francisco MInt double eagles that can be found in quantity in worn grades, but for which even a low-level MInt State coin is rare." A nice opportunity for an alert double eagle collector or for a type set aficionado who appreciates scarce coins in general.
While more than six dozen NGC grading events are listed for this date in MS-61, only five examples have been certified finer by that firm, the finest of those a solitary MS-64 coin; perhaps some of the MS-61 citations represent resubmissions owing to the rarity of the date in the MS-62 to MS-64 range.