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1878 US Liberty Head Double Eagle Gold Proof Coin

Other Versions: [Brilliant Uncirculated]

Obverse Image - US 1878 Liberty Head Double Eagle 0.9675-oz Gold Proof Coin
Reverse Image - US 1878 Liberty Head Double Eagle 0.9675-oz Gold Proof Coin
Coin Specifications
Gold Content0.9675 oz.
Purity.900
Face Value$20
SeriesLiberty Head Double Eagle
Year of Issue1878

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".

Liberty Head (coronet) double eagles are categorized into three classes. Coins issued from 1877 to 1907 belong to Class III. Coronet double eagles in this class have the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" added above the eagle on the reverse and face value denomination indicated as "TWENTY DOLLARS" instead of "TWENTY D". The Liberty Head 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.

The 1878 US Liberty Head Double Eagle Gold Proof Coin was struck by the US Mint in the year 1878 and belongs to the Liberty Head Double Eagle series of gold proof 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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