20 Dollars Liberty Head - Double Eagle, No motto, Paquet reverse

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1861
Value 20 Dollars (20 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Gold (.900) (.100 copper)
Weight 33.436 g
Diameter 34 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 60637
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 93
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.

Obverse

Liberty (coronet head) facing left, surrounded by 13 stars, with date below

Script: Latin

Lettering:
LIBERTY
1861

Designer: James Barton Longacre Read more on Wikipedia

James Barton Longacre was an American portraitist and engraver, and from 1844 until his death the fourth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.

Reverse

Heraldic eagle with Union shield holding 3 arrows and an olive branch, 13 stars and rays above

Script: Latin

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
E PLURIBUS UNUM
S
TWENTY D

Designer: Anthony C. Paquet Read more on Wikipedia

Anthony C. Paquet is one of relatively few assistants at the Mint who never achieved the chief engravership position, but whose name is a numismatic byword today. Born in Hamburg (Germany) in 1814 and died in 1882 (United States of America), he left a great legacy of pattern coins, some regular issues, and an illustrious group of medals including the Congressional Medal of Honor (authorized by President Lincoln on July 12, 1861).

Edge

Reeded

Mints

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
S United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)

Comments

The standard weight of this coin was 516 grains.

In 1861 the reverse of the gold 20 dollars coin was redesigned by Anthony C. Paquet, but it was withdrawn soon after its release. The letters in the inscriptions on the Paquet reverse variety are taller than on the regular reverse.

1861


1861S

See also

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1861  50% only 2 known
1861 S 19 250 50%

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Numista Rarity index: 93 Search tips
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Bullion value: USD 1865.30 Search tips
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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 20 Dollars (Liberty Head - Double Eagle, No motto, Paquet reverse)Picture 1 of a sold 20 Dollars (Liberty Head - Double Eagle, No motto, Paquet reverse)Picture 1 of a sold 20 Dollars (Liberty Head - Double Eagle, No motto, Paquet reverse)Picture 1 of a sold 20 Dollars (Liberty Head - Double Eagle, No motto, Paquet reverse)
Heritage Auctions
2021 August 18 - 22 ANA WFOM US Coins Signature Auction 1333
Lot 3471
Internet Archive
Aug 18, 2021 1861 – only 2 known UNC
(PCGS MS67)
USD 7 200 000.00
(incl. buyer's premium)

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