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1889 Liberty Head Double Eagle Obverse     1889 Liberty Head Double Eagle Reverse

  
1889 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS Nos: 9010, 9105

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 44,070
Proofs: 41

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:
NGC MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 341, illustrated, sold for $805.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2569 at $690.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 932, not illustrated, sold for $575.00  From Superior's sale of the Gilhousen Collection, February 1973, Lot 942

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 7 MS-63's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

Varieties:

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