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United States, 20 Dollars, 1854


Images of liberty, shown as a woman in the tradition of classical Rome, were frequently used as American national symbols. In the depiction on the $20 Double Eagle (1850-1907), designed by James Barton Longacre, Liberty’s hair style was slightly different from that on the $10 Eagle (1838-1907) designed by Christian Gobrecht.


This date and the branch mint mark "S" on the other side of the coin are significant because 1854 is the date the San Francisco Mint opened.


Legendary Firsts The following objects are in this section.
Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling, "1652" (struck 1667-1674)First United States Silver Dollar, 1794Great Britain, Sovereign, 1838
Massachusetts, "twenty shillings," 1690Brasher Doubloon, 1787United States, 5 Dollars, 1838
Pewter Continental Dollar, 1776United States, 20 Dollars, 1854United States, 10 Dollars, 1838
Copper Pattern Dollar, 1794Portrait Medal of James Smithson, 1817 
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