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Maker:
United States Mint  Search this
Longacre, James Barton  Search this
Mint:
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia  Search this
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: 2.3 mm x 34 mm; 3/32 in x 1 11/32 in
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
United States
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1851
Description:
With the onset of the California Gold Rush, a new coin denomination was authorized - a twenty-dollar gold piece called a double eagle. It depicted the head of Liberty wearing a coronet, surrounded by stars, for the obverse. The reverse bore a heraldic eagle, similar to the Great Seal of the United States.
Mintage: 2,087,155
With gold rushing in from California, the production of double eagles soared to a level that would not be exceeded until 1861. A large number of coins were produced, but the vast majority of 1851 double eagles did not survive. Of the coins seen today, most are heavily worn. Examples were found on the S.S. Central America and the S.S. Republic, nearly all of which were circulated. High-grade 1851 double eagles are very rare, with only two dozen coins known in choice condition. The highest-grade 1851 double eagle certified to date has been MS-64
Location:
Currently not on view
ID Number:
1984.1046.0419
Catalog number:
1984.1046.0419
Accession number:
1984.1046
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
United States Double Eagle
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1078757