United States, 20 Dollars, 1861

Description (Brief)
Mintage: 2,976,453
Until the treasure of the S.S. Central America was discovered, the 1861 Philadelphia issue
was the most common Type 1 double eagle. This is the issue most collectors thought of when trying to find an acceptable example of the type. The large mintage, the highest of any double eagle until 1904, makes the 1861 a common issue in most grades. Choice pieces are actually very rare. There have only been about 60 coins certified at that level. The finest known example of the date by far is an MS-67 coin. Nearly 500 examples of the date were found on the S.S. Republic. Most were in grades from AU-58 to MS-62.
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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: wt. 33.418 g
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
place of issue
United States
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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
Transfer: US Mint
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