20 Dollars, United States, 1856

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One (1) 20 dollar coin

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United States, 1856

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

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Obverse Text: LIBERTY / 1856

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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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The 1856-O double eagle is one of the great rarities of the Liberty Head series. There are thought to be fewer than 25 coins known in all grades. The known coins range in grade from polished Very Fine to Specimen-63. Most collectors of double eagles have given up on this date as the starting price for an attractive example begins in the six figures. The Smithsonian contains two examples. Of the small number of coins known in About Uncirculated condition, most are at least partially prooflike. The collecting of gold coins by mintmark did not start in earnest until decades after the 1856-O double eagles were struck. Today, the issue is considered a “classic.” Note: This coin is included among the 100 Greatest U.S. Coins (Garrett and Guth 2005).

Date Made: 1856

Mint: U.S. Mint, New OrleansMaker: United States MintDesigner: Longacre, James Barton

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Louisiana, New OrleansPlace 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: 1984.1046.0457Catalog Number: 1984.1046.0457Accession 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/ng49ca746a9-462c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1079414

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