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1881 Liberty Head Double Eagle Obverse     1881 Liberty Head Double Eagle Reverse
  

  
1881 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS Nos: 8994, 9097

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 2,199
Proofs: 61

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

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 916, illustrated, sold for $82,800.00  From Stack's ANA Sale, August 1976, Lot 3250; tied for finest graded by PCGS

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-62.  Ex-Trompeter collection.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7575, illustrated, sold for $27,025.00  From the Dr. Barry Southerland Collection

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-60.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 4 PR-65's.

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRCA-62's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-65.

Varieties:

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