20 Dollar Coin, United States, 1850

Description (Brief)
Mintage: 1,170,261
The 1850 double eagle (20 dollar coin) is the first year of the regular issue for the type and denomination.
It is extremely popular as such and is one of the more available dates of the type. A surprising number of coins have been auctioned in the last 15 years; most, however, grade VF (very fine) to AU (almost uncirculated.) Fully Mint State examples of this issue are rare, with fewer than a dozen choice pieces.
The treasure of the S.S. Central America contained 26 coins, but all were circulated.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
Physical Description
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
overall: 1 mm x 33 mm; 1/32 in x 1 5/16 in
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
place of issue
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
Coins, Currency and Medals
United States Double Eagle
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
United States Double Eagle
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Chase Manhattan
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