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1891 Liberty Head Double Eagle Obverse     1891 Liberty Head Double Eagle Reverse
 

  
1891 DOUBLE EAGLE OR
$20 GOLD

PCGS Nos: 9016, 9107

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,390
Proofs: 52

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 AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7508, illustrated, not sold From the Dr. Barry Southerland Collection

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 935, illustrated, sold for $24,725.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, November 15, 1968

Notes:
The finest circulation strike examples graded by PCGS are 7 AU-58's.

Proof 1891 Double Eagles were sold by the Mint as part of four-piece Gold Proof Sets and/or they were available individually for $20.25 each! The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-63

Varieties:

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

"An Index of the Coins & Medals of The Cabinet of the Mint of the United States at Philadelphia" by R.A. McClure, Curator, 1891