20 Dollar Coin, United States, 1853

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Description (Brief)
Mintage: 71,000
As can been seen from the much lower mintage, the 1853-O double eagle is considerably rarer than the preceding double eagles from the New Orleans Mint. While scarce, collectors willing to settle for a Very Fine or Extremely Fine coin will have little trouble locating an example. Most of the coins seen are softly struck in the central portions of the design and high-grade examples are usually prooflike. A very small number was found on the wrecks of the S.S. Central America and S.S. Republic. There are fewer than 10 examples known in Mint State.
Currently not on view
date made
U.S. Mint, New Orleans
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
place made
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
place of issue
United States
Physical Description
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
overall: 34 mm; 1 11/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Estate of Josiah K. Lilly
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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


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