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Obverse of 1859 Double Eagle     Reverse of 1859 Double Eagle


1859 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS Nos: 8926, 9071

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 43,597
Proofs: 80

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

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above).  Ex - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "The John Jay Pittman Collection", illustrated

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-60.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9205, plated, sold for $20,125.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 825, illustrated, sold for $9,200.00  From Stack's ANA Sale, August 1976, Lot 3195

"Extremely Fine".  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 24, illustrated

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-61's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-55! This is also the earliest Double Eagle Proof (no motto) certified by PCGS.

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