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1882 Liberty Head Double Eagle Obverse     1882 Liberty Head Double Eagle Reverse

$20 GOLD

PCGS Nos: 8996, 9098


Circulation strikes: 571
Proofs: 59

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-60.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7471, illustrated, not sold  From the Dr. Barry Southerland Collection

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 919, illustrated, sold for $19,550.00  Purchased from John Rowe, October 1, 1968

In mid-2000, a cancelled obverse die for an 1882 Double Eagle was discovered in California.  Experts believe the new discovery is one of only two surviving dies for Liberty Head Double Eagles.

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-61's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-65's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-64.


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