20 Dollars, United States, 1879

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United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Liberty head left, date below, weight and fineness around. Reverse: Eagle as on normal twenty-dollar coin, but Latin motto DEO EST GLORIA in place of IN GOD WE TRUST. This pattern came from the same impetus that led to the creation of the four-dollar gold coin, or Stella. The aim was to give American coinage a greater competitiveness and convertibility in international markets. Nine of these pieces are accounted for in gold including this one. [reference no. Judd 1643]
Location
Currently not on view
National Museum of American History
U.S. Mint
Credit Line
Harvey G. and Lawrence R. Stack
Physical Description
gold (overall material)
Measurements
overall: .2 cm x 3.4 cm; 3/32 in x 1 11/32 in
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Coins, Currency and Medals
Place Made
United States
1879
Object Name
coin
ID Number
1994.0371.0002
accession number
1994.0371
catalog number
1994.0371.0002
Related Publication
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
Related Web Publication
http://americanhistory.si.edu/coins/glossary.cfm