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1861 US Liberty Head Double Eagle Gold Coin
|Gold Content||0.9675 oz.|
|Series||Liberty Head Double Eagle|
|Year of Issue||1861|
Before 1850, the $10 eagles were the largest denomination US coins. As the $20 coins had twice the face value of the eagle, they came to be known as "double eagles".
The first double eagle was designed by Mint Engraver James B. Longacre. The obverse features a bust of Liberty facing left, wearing a small crown known as a coronet, inscribed with the word "LIBERTY". The reverse design features the Great Seal of the United States. Coronet double eagles are categorized into three classes. Double eagles issued from 1849 to 1865 belong to Class I and do not have the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" on the reverse and the face value denomination is indicated as "TWENTY D".
The 1861 US Liberty Head Double Eagle Gold Coin was struck by the US Mint in the year 1861 and belongs to the Liberty Head Double Eagle series of gold bullion coins. Each .900 fine gold coin contains 0.9675 troy ounce (30.0926 grams) of gold and is legal tender with a face value of $20.
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