The sale of the Saddle Ridge Hoard gold coins began on Tuesday evening with the auction of a single coin for the benefit of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. Following the auction, the remaining available coins from the hoard were made available for sale on Amazon.com and Kagins.com. The listings on Amazon include a lot containing the 14 finest gold double eagles from the hoard in their original can priced at $2,750,000.
The Saddle Ridge Hoard, named for a geographic feature near the discovery site, was discovered by a couple taking their dog for a walk in February 2013. They came across a metal canister jutting out of the ground near the edge of the trail. This was the first of eight cans which the couple unearthed containing 1,427 gold coins with a face value of $27,980 and market value of more than $10 million.
The find represented the greatest buried treasure ever unearthed within the United States. One of the most significant aspects of the treasure was the pristine condition of the coins included. After independent authentication and grading performed by Professional Coin Grading Service, numerous pieces were determined to represent the finest known specimens for their respective issues.
The Saddle Ridge Hoard Finest 14-Coin Set brings together an example of each of the finest known or tied for finest known $20 gold pieces from the hoard. Also included is the can in which the 1866-S With Motto Double Eagle was found, representing the only can from the discovery that will be made available publicly.
The group includes the following double eagle gold coins:
- 1866-S No Motto PCGS MS62
- 1866 With Motto PCGS MS62+
- 1870-S Type II PCGS MS62
- 1877-S Type III PCGS MS65
- 1878-S Type III PCGS MS63
- 1880-S Type III PCGS MS64
- 1881-S Type III PCGS MS64
- 1882-S Type III PCGS MS64+
- 1884-S Type III PCGS MS65
- 1889-S Type III PCGS MS65+
- 1890-CC Type III PCGS MS63
- 1890-S Type III PCGS MS66+
- 1892-S Type III PCGS MS65+
- 1894-S Type III PCGS MS65
Lowered priced gold coins from the hoard are also available for sale on Amazon.com and Kagins.com. The lower priced coins which have either been cleaned or suffered environmental damage have prices starting at $2,575. The lowest priced pieces which have received numerical grades have prices starting at $3,150.
At the time of publication there are 64 coins available on the Kagins.com website and 608 coins available on Amazon.com, which includes the 14 coin lot.