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Obverse of 1854 Double Eagle     Reverse of 1854 Double Eagle


1854 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 757,899
Proofs: Unique?

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, PA) below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp & Coin

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-53.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7422, "Small Date", not illustrated, sold for $1,063.75

PCGS AU-53.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7831, "Small Date", not illustrated, sold for $718.75

"About Uncirculated".  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 9, illustrated

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1368, not illustrated, sold for $575.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 806, "Small Date", not illustrated, sold for $546.25  Purchased from Michael Brownlee, April 17, 1967

Notes:  
The finest Uncirculated "Small Date" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest circulation strike "Large Date examples graded by PCGS are 6 AU-58's.

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