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1866 Liberty Head Double Eagle Obverse     1866 Liberty Head Double Eagle Reverse
   

  
1866 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS Nos: 8949, 9081

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 698,745
Proofs: 30

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

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-62.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-64's.

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

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above).  Ex - Trompeter collection

PCGS Proof-65 DCAM.  B&M 5/2004:475, $178,250.00

Recent appearances:
Brilliant Uncirculated with the overall visual quality of Choice despite a few minor hairlines.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1875, plated, sold for $1,610.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 856, illustrated, sold for $920.00  Purchased from Julian Leidman, February 18, 1972

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 857, illustrated, sold for $920.00  Purchased from Stanely Kesselman, May 14, 1968

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