The United States of 1849 was in many ways a distinctively different place to how it was in 1907. However, there is one significant way in which the country was identical in both years: it minted the Liberty Double Eagle, a .900 gold numismatic piece that was $20 in face value. James K. Polk was President at 1849's beginning, though on March 4, Zachary Taylor succeeded him. The year previous, California had changed hands from Mexico to the United States, though it was not yet officially a U.S. state. In 1849, the Texas-sited Austin College was established.
In the same year, the Liberty double eagle was first struck, albeit just as a pattern coin. It would not be minted for commerce until 1850. However, its designer, James B. Longacre, worked on a coin that ended up not going out of production until nearly four decades after his death. It was during 1907 that this series, alternatively called the Coronet Double Eagle, was discontinued. A big reason why was that Theodore Roosevelt, who was in the White House by then, disliked this coin's appearance. His opposition culminated in the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle replacing that coin.
In 1907 it was clear that the Liberty Double Eagle did not garner universal acclaim. Roosevelt deemed it artistically poor; nonetheless, others have praised it since Roosevelt's Presidency. Its use of heraldic imagery has received particularly high-profile praise.
Such imagery includes the reverse's portrayal of a double ribbon in a majestic-looking eagle's grip. With this, Longacre was implicitly referring to the denomination. An eagle coin, representing half of a double eagle's face value, could be represented with a single ribbon. There are various dates which may be called common on Liberty double eagles. However, opportunities to purchase the common date coins showing a Gem condition could often appear elusive. Though should we have the item in stock, you should be able to obtain it through this very website.
If you do obtain a piece through us, you will have an opportunity to admire an MS65-quality surface on a coin. MS65 means Mint State 65, which is just within the Gem category. You could still spot imperfections on the piece, particularly if you subject it to magnification that exceeds five times in strength. Small contact marks and hairline patches could reach your notice. This is all according to the 1970s-and-later version of the coin assessment scale developed by the late numismatist William Herbert Sheldon. However, even just glancing at the coin could strengthen your perception that this disc is, indeed, in a fantastic condition.
Features of the Common Date $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle MS65:
Face value inscribed as "TWENTY D." or "TWENTY DOLLARS"
"IN GOD WE TRUST" motto if the coin is Type II or Type III
A design that has gained high popularity with collectors