The exciting 1861 Paquet Reverse Twenty Dollar Liberties Again in the News
David Hall's video feature regarding the just (by PCGS) graded at MS 67 1861-P Double Eagle Paquet Reverse Coin on this site is not to be missed. Attributed to Norweb, the history of this coin is more fully explained back to it being only one of two Philadelphia Mint sourced 1861-P Paquets - the other being a MS 61 found in Paris.
In the video narrative reference is made to "a few struck in San Francisco, " with David Hall going on to comment that the 1861 Paquet Reverse is a rarity in any grade.
What is not said, but interesting to note, is that ALL of the surviving Philadelphia minted Paquets are in mint state and NONE of the San Francisco minted survivors are!
FWIW, here are photos of my San Francisco minted 1861-S Paquet Reverse Twenty Dollar Liberty (Double Eagle):
The history relating to the survival of the San Francisco minted Paquets is also of special note. If the transcontinental telegraph line had been completed to reach California earlier in 1861 it is likely that there would be no surviving 1861-S Paquet Reverse Twenty Dollars at all. As it was, the order to not start/halt production was delayed reaching San Francisco because it still had to be transmitted by Pony Express!
Here is a link to some extended commentary that I posted on another thread as included in a photo essay regarding the Carson City Mint and its honoring of the Pony Express: