Known as a Double Eagle, the $20 Gold Piece is the largest denomination of all regular coins issued by the United States. It was authorized by Congress in 1849; the only coin minted that year now resides in the Smithsonian Institution.
Regular mintage began in 1850 at Philadelphia and New Orleans. The coin was later struck in San Francisco, Carson City, and Denver as well. The mint mark is located below the eagle on the reverse.
Mint engraver James B. Longacre, best known for designing the beloved Indian Cent, created the design. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added above the eagle in 1866, and the value was spelled out (changingfrom TWENTY D. to TWENTY DOLLARS) in 1877.
The .900 gold coin is 34mm in diameter and weighs 33.43 grams, with a net weight of almost a full ounce (.96750 oz.) of pure gold. This replica coin is minted of brass then layered with pure 24k gold.
6 1/2" x 9 1/2" x 1/8" - Brass, Gold, Cardboard