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1865 Liberty Head Double Eagle Obverse     1865 Liberty Head Double Eagle Reverse

$20 GOLD

PCGS Nos: 8943, 9077


Circulation strikes: 351,175
Proofs: 25

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

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Misplaced Date (in rim)

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-63's.

The finest Proof 1865 Double Eagles graded by PCGS is 1 PR-65.

The finest Deep Cameo Proof 1865 Double Eagle graded by PCGS is a single PR-65 DC.

In August, 2004, NGC published a partial population report of gold coins recovered from the shipwrecked SS Republic.  Included were 319 1865 Double Eagles, ranging in grade from AU-58 to MS-66.  63 of the coins were listed as "Date in Rim".

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above)
- Trompeter collection

NGC MS-66*
- S.S. Republic shipwreck (NGC 5086631-006)

- S.S. Republic shipwreck
- B&M 04/2005, $66,125.00

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-58.  Violet Bancroft collection - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7849, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00

AU-53.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 849, illustrated, sold for $2,185.00  Purchased from Stack's, December 7, 1971

AU-50.  Stanley Kesselman, January 10, 1968 - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", 11/2000:850, $805.00

Strong EF.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", 03/2001:1345, $690.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, January 2005" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"The NGC Census Report", August 13, 2004,