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1857 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS No: 8920

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 439,375
Proofs: estimated 5

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

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

In August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic.  Included were 25 1857 Double Eagles, ranging in grade from AU-50 to MS-63.

Significant examples:
"Choice Brilliant Uncirculated".  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot
18, illustrated

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-58.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7839, illustrated, sold for $1,437.50

PCGS AU-55.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7838, not illustrated, sold for $1,000.50

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7433, not illustrated, not sold

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2537 at $805.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 250 sold for $1,380.00

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 817, not illustrated, sold for $977.50  Purchased from Paramount, February 1974

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 818, not illustrated, sold for $598.00  From Superior's sale of the Gilhousen Collection, February 1973, Lot 862

Extremely Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1739 at $603.75

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