Twenty Dollars (California-Moffat & Co.), United States, 1853

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Produced at Moffat & Company's mint, San Francisco, California. Obverse: Liberty head, stars around, date below. Reverse: Eagle, denomination. Obverse and reverse designs bear a close and deliberate similarity to those used on the "official" double eagle of the same period produced by the U.S. Mint for regular circulating coins.
Moffat & Company was a major player in the production of California private gold coinage. It was closely connected with Augustus Humbert and the fifty-dollar "slugs" of the United States Assay Office of Gold in San Francisco. Humbert did the assaying and Moffat did the coining. This 1853 double eagle is one of the last coins struck by this prolific California pioneer coiner. It was minted in the late summer or early autumn of 1853.
Date made
Moffat & Company
place of issue
United States: California
Physical Description
gold (overall metal)
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struck (overall production method)
overall: 34 mm; 1 11/32 in
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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