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1877 Liberty Head Double Eagle Obverse     1877 Liberty Head Double Eagle Reverse

  
1877 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS Nos: 8982, 9093

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 397,650
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-62.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7862, not illustrated, sold for $1,523.75

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 910, illustrated, sold for $1,725.00  From Superior's sale of the Gilhousen Collection, February 1973, Lot 915

MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6062, not plated, sold for $460.00                   Ex Americana Sale (Stack's, 1/00), lot 1902

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7461, not illustrated, not sold

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1882, not plated, sold for $488.75

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

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 10 PR-64's.

Varieties:

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