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1888 Liberty Head Double Eagle Obverse     1888 Liberty Head Double Eagle Reverse


1888 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS Nos: 9008, 9104

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 226,161
Proofs: 105

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:
MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 930, "Doubled Die Reverse", illustrated, sold for $3,680.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, May 1, 1967

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7497, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-61.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7887, not illustrated, sold for $460.00

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9243, not plated, sold for $425.50

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1570, "Double Die Rev.", illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

MS-60.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5717, not illustrated, sold for $356.50

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1772 @$368.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7496, not illustrated, not sold

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7495, not illustrated, not sold

NGC AU-58.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7886, not illustrated, sold for $333.50

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7494, not illustrated, sold for $380.65

Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1888, not plated, sold for $316.25

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

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 6 PR-64'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