The term finest known is used here as the coin is the only example of the grade to have received the CAC seal of approval. There are 3 CAC'd examples of the date in MS66, but this is the only one with the plus designation as well.An absolutely gorgeous and original example of this extremely rare late date Saint-Gaudens double eagle. Beautiful splashes of orange-peel patina with light pink highlights, this piece exudes luster and stunning eye appeal. From a mintage of a mere 74,000 coins, the vast majority (some say 99.9 percent) were melted in the years that followed, leaving an estimated population today of only 50 to 75 pieces. Thankfully for collectors of this series, most of those that do survive are in Mint State, or very close to it. This specific coin is tied with 2 others at PCGS as the finest example graded. The eye appeal and quality of the overall coin are at such a high level, it was certainly deserving of the CAC seal of approval. The Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle has long been considered one of the most beautiful designs of US coins and the 1930-S is considered the 3rd rarest date in the series. Behind the legendary 1933 and 1927-D $20s, the 1930-S is often over-shadowed but is widely known among specialists to be a true numismatic treasure and this opportunity is indeed an extremely rare one, to acquire the finest example of this incredibly rare date. CAC approved for quality. PCGS+ grade for premium quality at the top of end of the assigned grade.