This is an 1888 United States Gold Double Eagle $20 Dollar Coin.
The coins were struck at the San Francisco branch of the US Mint, and so have an "S" mintmark on the reverse below the main design. They have a fineness of 0.900 or 21.6 carat.
These popular coins are referred to as "Coronet Liberty" eagles. They were designed by James B. Longacre, who was chief engraver of the US Mint between 1844 and 1869.
These double eagle coins contain just under 1 troy ounce of gold.
Photographs shown may not be the actual coin and may differ in terms of grade, die numbers, design flaws and other minor details. Contact us if you require a photograph prior to purchase.
The USA is a relatively young country, and its first regular issue of gold coins started in 1795. Although most of them have an eagle as a major part of their design, for some reason the $10 piece acquired the name eagle, and the other sizes as double eagles, half eagles, and quarter eagles. The ten dollar gold pieces are therefore known as eagles or gold eagles and the twenty dollar piece is known as the double eagle.
Be careful not to confuse them with the modern gold bullion 1 ounce eagles issued since 1986 - both are called eagles!
The first double eagles were designed by James B. Longacre between 1849-1861 and 1866-1907. US double eagles featuring the Coronet Liberty design were minted at the Denver (D mintmark), Philadelphia (no mintmark), New Orleans (O mintmark) and San Francisco (S mintmark) branches of the US Mint.
The obverse shows a coronet head of Liberty, facing left surrounded by 13 stars. The date is set below the neck of Liberty.
The reverse shows a representation of the Great American Seal with a halo of 13 stars and a circumscription reading:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
IN GOD WE TRUST
E PLURIBUS UNUM
|Weight / Size||Double|
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||0.9675|
|Fineness / Carat||0.900 / 21.6|
|Obverse Designer||James Barton Longacre|
|Reverse Designer||James Barton Longacre|
|Mint / Brand||San Francisco Mint|
|Country||United States of America|
|Obverse Grade||Reverse Grade||Price||Availability|
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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their gold content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.
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If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes, therefore some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.
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