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1860 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS Nos: 8929, 9072

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 577,670
Proofs: 59

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 example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

The finest Proof 1860 Double Eagle graded by PCGS is a single PR-64.  The finest Cameo Proof 1860 Double Eagle graded by PCGS is a single PR-64.

In August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic.  Included were 94 1860 Double Eagles, ranging in grade from AU-55 to MS-65.

Significant examples:
NGC MS-65.  S.S. Republic (NGC 5055521-011)

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 829, illustrated, sold for $18,400.00  From Abner Kreisberg's sale of November 1972, Lot 1300; reoffered from Part III of the Bass Collection, May 2000, Lot 801

"Choice Brilliant Uncirculated".  Ex - Sotheby's / Stack's "The 'Dallas Bank' Collection" Auction, October 29-30, 2001, Lot 27, illustrated

ANACS MS-60.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 897, unsold

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 830, illustrated, sold for $1,955.00  From Stack's sale of the Shapero Collection, October 1971, Lot 1172

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9210, not plated, unsold

NGC AU-53.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7438, not illustrated, sold for $747.50

AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1145, sold for $747.00

Net VF-30, sharpness of AU-55, cleaned.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 831, not illustrated, sold for $414.00  Purchased from RARCOA, December 8, 1971

Very Good.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1342, not plated, sold for $373.75

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