Twenty Dollars Metric Pattern, 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. The aim was to give American coinage a greater competitiveness and convertibility in international markets. Nine of these pieces are accounted for in gold including this one. [reference no. Judd 1643]
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U.S. Mint
Physical Description
gold (overall material)
overall: 34 mm; 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
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Harvey G. and Lawrence R. Stack
Publication title
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
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