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Obverse of 1852-O Double Eagle     Reverse of 1852-O Double Eagle     

$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8907


Circulation strikes: 190,000
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

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 6 MS-62's.

In August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic.  Included were 20 1852-O Double Eagles, ranging in grade from Very Fine to MS-61.

Significant examples:
John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "The John Jay Pittman Collection"

"Choice Brilliant Uncirculated".  Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 6, illustrated.  The Akers plate coin.  

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-60.  Heritage "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001:9178, $9,200.00

NGC AU-58.  Heritage "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7420, illustrated, not sold

NGC AU-58.  Bancroft collection - Heritage "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000:7828, $4,945.00

AU-58.  B&M "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 800, illustrated, sold for $6,900.00.  Purchased from Jim Hayes, December 20, 1972

PCGS AU-58.  Goldbergs' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", 05/2001:1553, $6,325.00

AU-55.  B&M "LaRiviere, Part II", 03/2001, Lot 246, not sold

PCGS AU-53.  Heritage "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", 08/2000:7419, $2,070.00

EF-45.  Paramount, February 12, 1968 - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", 11/2000:801, $2,530.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"The NGC Census Report", August 13, 2004,