20 Dollars, United States, 1851

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One (1) 20 dollar coin

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United States, 1851

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Obverse Image: Liberty wearing a coronet and facing left. 13 stars around.

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Obverse Text: LIBERTY / 1851

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Reverse Image: Heraldic eagle with wings outstretched clutching arrows and branch in talons, shield over chest. Scrolls on either side of eagle, ring of 13 stars above eagle's head, rays above stars.

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With the onset of the California Gold Rush, a new coin denomination was authorized - a twenty-dollar gold piece called a double eagle. It depicted the head of Liberty wearing a coronet, surrounded by stars, for the obverse. The reverse bore a heraldic eagle, similar to the Great Seal of the United States.

Mintage: 2,087,155

With gold rushing in from California, the production of double eagles soared to a level that would not be exceeded until 1861. A large number of coins were produced, but the vast majority of 1851 double eagles did not survive. Of the coins seen today, most are heavily worn. Examples were found on the S.S. Central America and the S.S. Republic, nearly all of which were circulated. High-grade 1851 double eagles are very rare, with only two dozen coins known in choice condition. The highest-grade 1851 double eagle certified to date has been MS-64

Date Made: 1851

Maker: United States MintDesigner: Longacre, James BartonMint: U.S. Mint, Philadelphia

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, PhiladelphiaUnited StatesPlace Of Issue: United States

See more items in: Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection, United States Double Eagle, Coins, Currency and Medals


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1984.1046.0419Catalog Number: 1984.1046.0419Accession Number: 1984.1046

Object Name: coin

Physical Description: gold (overall metal)0 (overall die axis)0 (overall die axis measurement)struck (overall production method)Measurements: overall: 2.3 mm x 34 mm; 3/32 in x 1 11/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-1930-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1078757

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