20 Dollars, United States, 1879

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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]
date made
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
place of issue
United States
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Transfer from United States Mint
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
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The Value of Money
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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