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1853-O DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8910

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 71,000
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, LA) below the eagle's tail on the reverse

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Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-55.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale" May 27-29, 2001, Lot 4170C, where it was described as follows: "1853-O NGC graded Almost Uncirculated 55. A very nice AU specimen of this New Orleans mint United States Double Eagle. With a total mintage of only 71,000 pieces, this coin can prove elusive if you need to find one."

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1555, illustrated, sold for $2,760.00

Net AU-50, sharpness of AU-58, Brushed.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1367, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 805, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, July 21, 1967

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1556, illustrated, sold for $1,438.00

"Extremely Fine or finer".  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 8, illustrated

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

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