United States $20.00 Liberty Head Double Eagle 1849-1907
In California on January 24, 1848, James Marshall was inspecting a sawmill he was building near Sutter’s Fort on the American River. The severe rainstorms of the previous week had washed away rocks, soil and sediment. Marshall noticed gold colored flakes everywhere and the following morning found a yellow nugget, the assay of which proved that he had indeed discovered gold.
$20 Liberty Head Double Eagle Specs
TYPE I 1849-1866 • TYPE II 1866-1876 • TYPE III 1877-1907
Diameter: 1-1/3” (34 mm)
Weight: 516 grains (33.436 grams)
Designer: James Barton Longacre
Mint Marks: Philadelphia (none); Carson City (CC); Denver (D); New Orleans (O); San Francisco (S) found below eagle’s tail on reverse Obverse: Bust of Liberty facing left, wearing a beaded coronet inscribed LIBERTY, surrounded by 13 stars and date (below) around beaded border. Hair is in a bun with curls flowing down to base of bust.
Reverse: Eagle and shield styled after the Great Seal of the United States. Rays and stars between wings (above). UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (above) and the denomination TWENTY D. or TWENTY DOLLARS after 1876 (below) around beaded border. Motto IN GOD WE TRUST (beginning part way through 1866) above eagle.