20 Dollars, United States, 1860

United States Mint, Philadelphia. Designs as used on earlier double eagles, but with tall letters for legends on reverse. This unique pattern combined the normal obverse by James B. Longacre with an experimental reverse by Anthony C. Paquet. Paquet's innovation was to recast the letters in the reverse legend. Those letters had been block capitals on all earlier double eagles. Paquet intrtoduced a new, more vertical format for the letters.
A few thousand coins with the Paquet reverse were minted in San Francisco at the beginning of 1861 (and a handful more at Philadelphia that same year). However, Paquet's innovation did not find favor at that time. [reference no. Judd 272a]
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U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
Physical Description
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
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struck (overall production method)
overall: .2 cm x 3.43 cm; 3/32 in x 1 11/32 in
place made
United States
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Coins, Currency and Medals
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
The Value of Money
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Government Transfer: US DOTT, USM
Publication title
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
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