20 Dollars,United States, 1855

Description (Brief)
Mintage: 8,000
The rarity of the 1855-O double eagle is often overshadowed by the 1854-O and 1856-O issues. There are fewer than 100 examples of this date known in all grades. This is especially important considering the fact that double eagles are one of the most popular U.S. coins. Most of the coins known for the date are low grade. The treasure of the S.S. Republic featured three examples, all of which grade AU-58. The Smithsonian has two specimens, both of which are About Uncirculated. Mint State coins are very rare and the few that have been certified as such, are barely so
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
U.S. Mint, New Orleans
United States Mint
Longacre, James Barton
Physical Description
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
overall: 33.9 mm; 1 11/32 in
place made
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
place of issue
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession 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
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