1904 $20 Liberty Head Double Eagle PCGS MS65 (CAC)


Here's an excellent candidate for a type coin to add to your collection. With its yellow-golden coloration, this is quite an attractive piece. PCGS has graded 5,952 as MS65, with 620 finer. In CAC, there are 507 in MS65, with 33 finer. Plus this beauty is housed in the popular PCGS Old Green Holder.


File:James Barton Longacre - Ambrotype by Isaac Rehn, 1855b.jpg - Wikipedia

James B. Longacre, the US Mint Chief Engraver who designed and engraved the famous pattern and prototype for the first double eagle series (1850-1907). 

The obverse of the $20 Double Eagle features a left-facing Liberty design influenced by Greco-Roman sculpture. A pearl-encrusted coronet inscribed with “Liberty” adorns her wavy hair, which flows down her neck. Thirteen stars that represent the original colonies/states surround her bust. The date is found below the image of Liberty.

The reverse presents Longacre's exaggerated design, featuring a heraldic eagle, one that is quite different from eagles previously found upon our coinage. Dramatic rays emanate from the national bird, and a circle of 13 stars is found hovering over the eagle. Two contrived ribbons encircle the awkward creature, one of which the eagle holds firmly in its beak. The motto E PLURIBUS UNUM is split between the two ribbons. A federal shield is found on its breast and arrows and the ivy branch of peace are found, respectively, in its right and left talons. The inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and TWENTY DOLLARS surround the bird at the coin's rim.


More Information
PCGS # 9045
Grading Service PCGS
Year of Issue 1904
Grade MS65
Denom Type Liberty Head $20
Numeric Denomination $20
Mint Location Philadelphia
Designation NONE
Circ/UnCirc Uncirculated
Strike Type Business
Grade Add On CAC
Holder Type PCGS OGH

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