20 Dollars, United States, 1850

20 Dollars, United States, 1850

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Description (Brief)
One (1) 20 dollar coin
United States, 1850
Obverse Image: Liberty wearing a coronet and facing left. 13 stars around.
Obverse Text: LIBERTY / 1850
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.
Reverse Text: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / TWENTY D. / E PLURIBUS UNUM
Description
The 1850 double eagle (20 dollar coin) is the first year of the regular issue for the type and denomination.
It is extremely popular as such and is one of the more available dates of the type. A surprising number of coins have been auctioned in the last 15 years; most, however, grade VF (very fine) to AU (almost uncirculated.) Fully Mint State examples of this issue are rare, with fewer than a dozen choice pieces.
The treasure of the S.S. Central America contained 26 coins, but all were circulated.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coin
date made
1850
maker
United States Mint
designer
Longacre, James Barton
mint
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
place of issue
United States
Physical Description
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
Measurements
overall: 1 mm x 33 mm; 1/32 in x 1 5/16 in
ID Number
1979.1263.00182
catalog number
1979.1263.00182
accession number
1979.1263
catalog number
CM04996
Credit Line
Chase Manhattan
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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