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]
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National Museum of American History
U.S. Mint
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Harvey G. and Lawrence R. Stack
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gold (overall material)
overall: .2 cm x 3.4 cm; 3/32 in x 1 11/32 in
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