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United States, 20 Dollars, 1851

Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: 34 mm; 1 11/32 in; wt. 33.412 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
United States
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1851
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
ID Number:
1984.1046.0419
Catalog number:
1984.1046.0419
Accession number:
1984.1046
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
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1921

Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Maker:
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: dia. 34.4 mm; wt. 33.448 g
Object Name:
coin
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1921
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Publication title:
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
Publication URL:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/coins/glossary.cfm
Credit Line:
Government Transfer: US DOTT, USM
ID Number:
1985.0441.1476
Catalog number:
1985.0441.1476
Accession number:
1985.0441
Description:
United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Liberty striding towards the viewer, bearing olive branch and torch. Reverse: Eagle in flight above the sun. More than half a million double eagles were minted in 1921. Only about fifteen survived the melt down procedure later. This coin is outstanding, both for rarity and condition.
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1927-S

Mint:
U.S. Mint, San Francisco
Maker:
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: dia. 34.3 mm; wt. 33.443 g
Object Name:
coin
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1927
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Publication title:
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
Publication URL:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/coins/glossary.cfm
Credit Line:
Government Transfer: US DOTT, USM
ID Number:
1985.0441.1524
Catalog number:
1985.0441.1524
Accession number:
1985.0441
Description:
United States Mint, San Francisco. Obverse: Liberty striding towards the viewer, bearing olive branch and torch. Reverse: Eagle in flight above the sun. Over three million double eagles poured out of the San Francisco branch mint in 1927. All but a dozen or so were eventually melted.
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1932

Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Maker:
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: dia. 34.2 mm; wt. 33.456 g
Object Name:
coin
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1932
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Publication title:
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
Publication URL:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/coins/glossary.cfm
Credit Line:
Government Transfer: US DOTT, USM
ID Number:
1985.0441.1610
Accession number:
1985.0441
Catalog number:
1985.0441.1610
Description:
United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Liberty striding towards the viewer, bearing olive branch and torch. Reverse: Eagle in flight above the sun. About two dozen coins have survived from the 1932 double eagle mintage.
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1854-O

Mint:
U.S. Mint, New Orleans
Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James
Longacre, James Barton
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: 34 mm; 1 11/32 in; wt. 33.305 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1854
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Credit Line:
Lilly, Josiah K
ID Number:
NU*283645.0263
Catalog number:
NU*283645.0263
Accession number:
283645
Description (Brief):
Mintage: 3,250
The 1854-O double eagle is one of the great classics of the Liberty Head series. Today, there are probably fewer than 35 examples known in all grades. Most of the 1854-O double eagles seen have graded just Very Fine or Extremely Fine. The 1854-O double eagle has always been in great demand, but with the recent interest in the field of double eagles, the 1854-O issue has become nearly priceless. Probably the finest example known was found in the wreckage of the S.S. Republic. The coin has been certified as grading AU-58.
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1933

Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Maker:
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: dia. 34.1 mm; wt. 33.431 g
Object Name:
coin
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1933
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Publication title:
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
Publication URL:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/coins/glossary.cfm
Credit Line:
Transfer from U.S. Mint
ID Number:
NU*39166.0001
Accession number:
130752
Catalog number:
NU*39166.0001
Description:
United States Mint, Philadelphia. Production of gold coinage was halted early in 1933 as the United States continued to move away from the gold standard. All double eagles struck in 1933 were not issued or authorized to be released to the public. Instead, they were supposed to be melted down and conveyed as bullion to Fort Knox. But all of the coins were not melted down. A handful were spirited away and kept in hiding for decades. One double eagle dated 1933 surfaced recently, and a complicated arrangement monetized it so that it could be sold at auction for millions of dollars.
This coin and another 1933 double eagle transferred from the U.S. Mint to the Smithsonian were the only legally owned with that date until recently.
The 1933 double eagle marks the end of the era in which the U.S. Congress authorized circulating gold coinage.
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1854-S

Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Mint:
U.S. Mint, San Francisco
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: 34 mm; 1 11/32 in; wt. 33.28 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: California, San Francisco
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1854
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
ID Number:
1984.1046.0440
Catalog number:
1984.1046.0440
Accession number:
1984.1046
Description (Brief):
1854-S
Mintage: 141,468
The year 1854 was the first time that gold coins were produced at the San Francisco Mint. The 1854-S quarter eagle and half eagle are extremely rare. Most of the production for the year focused on double eagles. The issue was widely distributed and many of the coins seen today are rather heavily worn. A large group of 1854-S double eagles were found in the wreckage of the S.S. Yankee Blade. The treasure was undocumented, but it is believed that around 200 to 300 coins were discovered. Most of the coins were high-grade examples with surfaces that are lightly etched from exposure to seawater. A Proof example of the 1854-S double eagle resides in the Smithsonian Collection.
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1862

Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: wt. 33.428 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1862
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Credit Line:
Transfer: US Mint
ID Number:
1985.0441.0616
Catalog number:
1985.0441.0616
Accession number:
1985.0441
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1863

Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: wt. 33.438 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1863
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Credit Line:
Transfer: US Mint
ID Number:
1985.0441.0630
Catalog number:
1985.0441.0630
Accession number:
1985.0441
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1864

Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: wt. 33.430 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1864
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Credit Line:
Transfer: US Mint
ID Number:
1985.0441.0644
Catalog number:
1985.0441.0644
Accession number:
1985.0441
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1865

Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: wt. 33.434 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1865
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Credit Line:
Transfer: US Mint
ID Number:
1985.0441.0660
Catalog number:
1985.0441.0660
Accession number:
1985.0441
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1871

Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: wt. 33.432 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1871
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Credit Line:
Transfer: US Mint
ID Number:
1985.0441.0757
Catalog number:
1985.0441.0757
Accession number:
1985.0441
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1872

Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: wt. 33.428 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1872
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Credit Line:
Transfer: US Mint
ID Number:
1985.0441.0774
Catalog number:
1985.0441.0774
Accession number:
1985.0441
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1874

Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Mint:
U.S. Mint, San Francisco
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: wt. 33.428 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1874
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Credit Line:
Transfer: US Mint
ID Number:
1985.0441.0807
Catalog number:
1985.0441.0807
Accession number:
1985.0441
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1875

Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: wt. 33.436 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1875
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Credit Line:
Transfer: US Mint
ID Number:
1985.0441.0820
Catalog number:
1985.0441.0820
Accession number:
1985.0441
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1879

Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: wt. 33.432 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1876
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Credit Line:
Transfer: US Mint
ID Number:
1985.0441.0838
Catalog number:
1985.0441.0838
Accession number:
1985.0441
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1877

Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: wt. 33.445 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1877
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Credit Line:
Transfer: US Mint
ID Number:
1985.0441.0855
Catalog number:
1985.0441.0855
Accession number:
1985.0441
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1879

Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: wt. 33.429 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1879
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Credit Line:
Transfer: US Mint
ID Number:
1985.0441.0893
Catalog number:
1985.0441.0893
Accession number:
1985.0441
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1880

Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: wt. 33.439 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1880
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Credit Line:
Transfer: US Mint
ID Number:
1985.0441.0908
Catalog number:
1985.0441.0908
Accession number:
1985.0441
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United States, 20 Dollars, 1881

Maker:
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Mint:
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Physical Description:
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements:
overall: wt. 33.437 g
Object Name:
coin
Place made:
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Place of issue:
United States
Date made:
1881
Subject:
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
Credit Line:
Transfer: US Mint
ID Number:
1985.0441.0922
Catalog number:
1985.0441.0922
Accession number:
1985.0441
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