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1851-O DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8905

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 315,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: 34 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10% 

Weight: 516 grains (33.4 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans, Louisiana) below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Notes:  
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-63's.

Significant examples:
"Brilliant Uncirculated".  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 4, illustrated.  The Akers plate coin.

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7415, illustrated, not sold  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9175, plated, unsold

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-61.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale" May 27-29, 2001, Lot 4170B, where it was described as follows: "1851-O NGC graded Mint State 61 A very nice uncirculated specimen of the second year of striking at the New Orleans mint of the United States Double Eagle. With a mintage of only 315,000 pieces, this coin has only 14 coins graded mint state at both PCGS and NGC. This is a true rarity in Uncirculated condition."

MS-60.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 794, illustrated, sold for $6,325.00  From Lester Merkin's sale of October 1966, Lot 365

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7414, illustrated, not sold

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7413, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 795, not illustrated, sold for $2,760.00  Purchased from Dick Martin, November 1971

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service