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1878 Liberty Head Double Eagle Obverse     1878 Liberty Head Double Eagle Reverse
  

  
1878 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS Nos: 8985, 9094

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 543,625
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

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 8 MS-64's.

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

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-64 Ultra Cameo
Sold by Albanese Rare Coins in February 2005 for $75,600.00

Proof (illustrated above).  Ex - Trompeter collection

Recent appearances:
MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4148, illustrated, sold for $4,025.00

MS-62.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7157, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4149, not illustrated, sold for $690.00

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

Email correspondence from Dean Albanese, February 10, 2005