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1856 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8917

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 329,878
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, PA) below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Recent appearances:
"About Uncirculated".  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 15, illustrated

ANACS Net EF-45, AU Details, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9187, not plated, unsold

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 813, illustrated, sold for $632.50  From Abe Kosoff's sale of the Shuford Collection, May 1968, Lot 2432

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-63's.

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