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As America's largest circulating gold coin, gold double eagle is also known as 20 dollar gold coin or $20 gold coin, because of its denomination of $20. Since the $10 gold coin was referred to as "gold eagle," the $20 gold coin with twice the value and gold content was referred to as the "double eagle." Issued by the United States between 1849 and 1933, the gold double eagle coin is certainly one of the most strikingly beautiful and popular gold coins. The first gold double eagle coin was minted in 1849 during the exciting California Gold Rush, and now resides in the Smithsonian Institute in DC.
There are two regular series of gold double eagles produced by the U.S. Mint: Liberty Head and Saint Gaudens series. The Liberty Head double eagle coin (1849 - 1907) was designed by then US Mint's Chief Engraver James Barton Longacre. A handsome woman's head with a pearl-bordered diadem inscribed LIBERTY was portrayed in the obverse side of coin, with 13 stars in an oval with rays above. The reverse side of the coin depicts a spread eagle with a shield on its breast. "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" appears above the eagle, while the denomination expressed as TWENTY D. below. In 1866, the motto "In God We Trust" was added to the Liberty head double eagle coin. In 1877, the coin's denomination design on the reverse was changed from "Twenty D" to "Twenty Dollars" creating a third.
Considered as the most beautiful U.S. coin ever made, the Saint Gaudens double eagle coin (1907 - 1933) was designed by the great sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens. The Saint Gaudens double eagle coin's obverse side features a portrait of Lady Liberty grasping a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left, with rays of sunlight behind her. The word LIBERTY appears above her. The coin's reverse depicts a flying eagle over the sun rays. The inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and TWENTY DOLLARS appear above. High points to check for wear are Liberty's breast and knee and the eagle's wing.
There were several changes in the design of Saint Gaudens double eagle coin afterwards. Arabic numerals replaced the Roman numerals in displaying the coin mint dates later in 1908. In the middle of 1908, the motto "In God We Trust" was added to the double eagle coin design.
In January 2009, the U.S. Mint issued the ultra high relief double eagle gold coin to fulfill the vision of the great Augustus St. Gaudens. The magnificent 2009 double eagle coin offers almost exactly the same features as the original Saint Gaudens gold coin with 1 ounce of .9999 fine gold, except the new gold double eagles added 4 stars to represent all 50 states. If you're looking for adding gold double coins to your coin collection, or simply want to diversify your investment portfolio, the 2009 ultra high relief double eagle gold coin would be definitely worthy of your consideration.
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