20 Dollars, United States, 1879

United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Liberty head left, date below, weight and fineness around. Reverse: Eagle as on normal twenty-dollar coin, but Latin motto DEO EST GLORIA in place of IN GOD WE TRUST. This pattern came from the same impetus that led to the creation of the four-dollar gold coin, or Stella--a desire to give American coinage a greater competitiveness and convertibility in international markets. Nine pieces including this one are accounted for in gold. [reference no. Judd 1643]
Object Name
pattern coin
date made
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
Physical Description
copper, gilt (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
overall: 2.5 mm x 34 mm; 3/32 in x 1 11/32 in
place of issue
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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
Transfer from United States Mint
Publication title
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
Publication URL
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