$20 Gold Double Eagle PCGS MS66 Click on Coin Image to
$20 PCGS MS66 - $27,950.00
Type 3 Double Eagle. A SATIN GEM.
TIED FOR THE FINEST GRADED. This Choice Uncirculated,
Type 3 1904-S Double Eagle has bright cartwheel luster
on both sides of the coin. The piece is well struck with
full details on the centers of the stars, Liberty’s
hair, and the design details of the reverse, especially
the eagle. The surfaces are original and clean for the
grade with no abrasion marks worthy of individual description.
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James B. Longacre’s design for
the double eagle shows a Liberty head facing left
wearing coronet inscribed LIBERTY. Her hair is tightly
tied in the back with two loose curls hanging down
her neck to the end of the truncation. She is surrounded
by thirteen six pointed stars with the date below.
The reverse shows a heraldic eagle with elaborate
ribbons on both sides of the shield. The ribbons are
inscribed, on the left E PLURIBUS and UNUM on the
right. There is an oval of thirteen stars above the
eagle’s head and an arc of rays from wing tip
to wing tip behind the upper half of the oval. UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA is in an arc above the eagle, and
the denomination is below.
In 1866 the motto IN GOD WE TRUST was
added to the oval of stars. The design change that brought
about the Type 3 double eagle was the denomination.
It went from TWENTY D. to TWENTY DOLLARS. Like the addition
of the motto to the reverse, it did not cause any major
change in the rest of the coin’s design.
In 1844 Longacre was appointed Mint
Engraver through the influence of Senator John C.
Calhoun of South Carolina. After overcoming opposition
by the Chief Coiner, Franklin Peale, who was fearful
that the new Engraver would interfere with his illegal
medal manufacturing business using the Mint facilities,
Longacre did well. He was responsible for creating
many new designs including the Indian Head cent, the
two-cent piece, the Shield nickel, the Liberty Head
gold dollar, the Indian Princess gold dollar, the
three-dollar gold piece, and the Liberty Head double