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1874 Liberty Head Double Eagle Obverse     1874 Liberty Head Double Eagle Reverse

  
1874 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS Nos: 8970, 9089

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 366,780
Proofs: 20

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, PA) below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

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

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 893, illustrated, sold for $39,100.00  From Stack's sale of the Alto Collection, December 1970, Lot 434; earlier from B. Max Mehl's sale of the W.F. Dunham Collection, June 1941, Lot 2316

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9227, not plated, sold for $2,817.50  From the Dr. Robert W. Dingle Collection

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 259, sold for $690.00

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 894, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00  From Stack's sale of June 1972, Lot 945

PCGS EF-45.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7857, not illustrated, sold for $379.50

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1349, not plated, sold for $299.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

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

Varieties:

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