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1853 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8908

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,261,326
Proofs: Unknown

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: 34 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10% 

Weight: 516 grains (33.4 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Varieties:
1853/2 Overdate
Doubled Date

Notes:  
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.

The finest Uncirculated "1853/2" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-61's.

In August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic.  Included were 57 1853 Double Eagles, ranging in grade from EF-45 to MS-62.  One of the coins was listed as "Doubled Date".

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6278, illustrated, sold for $9,775.00  From the Alex Highland Collection 

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 802, "Breen-7162, Overdate", illustrated, sold for $41,400.00  Purchased from the Goliad Corporation, February 9, 1994; the only mint state example graded by PCGS

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Co`ins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4123, illustrated, sold for $4,025.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4124, illustrated, sold for $1,610.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7830, not illustrated, sold for $1,552.50

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1554, illustrated, sold for $1,208.00

"Choice About Uncirculated".  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 7, illustrated.

NGC AU-55, Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1868, not plated, sold for $1,495.00

NGC AU-53, About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1869, not plated, sold for $805.00

NGC AU-53.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7421, not illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 803, not illustrated, sold for $977.50  Purchased from Stack's, December 7, 1971

Net AU-50, sharpness of AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 247 sold for $552.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 804, not illustrated, sold for $805.00  Purchased from Ed Shapiro, September 20, 1967

PCGS EF-45.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7829, not illustrated, sold for $632.50

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

"The NGC Census Report", August 13, 2004, www.ngcoin.com