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1873-S DOUBLE EAGLE
OR $20 GOLD

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 1,040,600
Proofs: 0

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: 34 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10% 

Weight: 516 grains (33.4 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) below the eagle's tail on the reverse

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Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1565, not illustrated, sold for $391.00

Extremely Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1752 at $322.00

A solid Extremely Fine or better.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1879, "Open 3", not plated, sold for $345.00

Notes:
The finest "Open 3" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-62's.

The finest "Closed 3" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-63's.

Varieties:

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