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1879 Liberty Head Double Eagle Obverse     1879 Liberty Head Double Eagle Reverse
  

  
1879 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS Nos: 8988, 9095

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 207,600
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, 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-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 914, illustrated, sold for $9,487.50  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, June 6, 1973

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1389, not illustrated, sold for $345.00

Extremely Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1763 @$322.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-63's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-64.

Varieties:

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