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1861 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS Nos: 8932, 9073

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 2,976,453
Proofs: 66

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

Varieties:
Reverse by Anthony Paquet

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-64's.

In August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic.  Included were 405 1861 Double Eagles, ranging in grade from EF-45 to MS-64.  One of the coins was listed as "Doubled 18", one was listed as "Curved Clip" and eight were listed as MS-PL.

Recent appearances:
Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 107, plated, sold for $4,600.00  Ex Auction '89 (Superior's session, July 8, lot 946)

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 835, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00  Purchased Julian Leidman, June 6, 1969

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 573, illustrated, sold for $3,565.00

MS-60.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 834, not illustrated, sold for $1,265.00  From Stack's sale of the DiBello Collection, May 1970, Lot 1221

MS-60.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 836, illustrated, sold for $1,495.00  Purchased from Rowe and Brownlee, May 7, 1969; earlier from the RARCOA CSNA sale, Lot 228   - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 255, sold for $2,070.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1741, sold for $2,530.00

AU-55.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7153, not illustrated, sold for $690.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2538, sold for $862.50

ANACS EF-45.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 898, sold for $546.25

EF-45.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 899, sold for $460.00

NGC EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1372, not illustrated, sold for $575.00

EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1558, not illustrated, sold for $575.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 311, not illustrated, sold for $506.00

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