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1898-S Liberty Head $20 Gold Double Eagle PCGS MS62

1898-S Liberty Head $20 Gold Double Eagle PCGS MS62
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Design of the 1898-S Gold Coronet

The Liberty is featured at the center of the obverse of the 1898-S Gold Coronet. Facing the left side of the coin, she is portrayed in a Greco-Roman style. With her hair held back in a bun save for some that falls down to cover the back of her neck, she carries a coronet on her head. It carries her name, “LIBERTY”, which is inscribed almost vertically. The tip of the coronet is located between the sixth and seventh of thirteen stars that adorn the rim of the coin, a nod to the original states. The location of the tip of the headpiece is a change from the two previous types of the coin, in which the headpiece nearly touched the seventh star. Another change from the first two types of this coin is that Liberty’s neck is sharply truncated, a change that allowed more space for the date, “1898”, which is inscribed under it. The reeded edge provides a beautiful frame for the entire image.

The inscription, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, arches slightly more than halfway around the reverse, stretching equidistantly out from the top. Separated from that inscription with a small space on either side are the words, “TWENTY DOLLARS”, the elongated version of the original, “TWENTY D.” that was used on the first two types of gold coronets. The main design on the reverse consists of an eagle holding a ribbon that bears the same words found on the Great Seal of the United States, “E PLURIBUS UNUM”, which is separated by the eagle between the second and third words. Covering the body of the eagle is the shield that it guards, which has downward stripes and represents the country. The bird’s wings are spread widely, with the wings pointing to the “E”s in the words, “UNITED” and “AMERICA”. In one of its talons, it holds arrows, while in the other, it has an olive branch, a popular symbol of peace. Over the birds head is the inscription, “IN GOD WE TRUST”, which is encircled by thirteen stars. Stretching over the halo and spanning from one wing to the other are rays. Beneath the eagle, the coin’s Mint mark, an “S”, indicates that it was struck at the United States Mint in San Francisco.

The blue and white label provided in the slab of this graded coin covers the basic information about it, including the year of mintage with the Mint mark, “1898-S”, the face value, “$20”, the grader, “PCGS” (Professional Coin Grading Service), and the grade, “MS62”. For those who want to verify the authenticity of the coin and grade, a certification number and bar code appear on the front. There is also a QR code on the back for those who want to use smartphones to authenticate it.

Why Add the 1898-S Gold Coronet to Your Collection?

Graded by one of the world’s finest coin grading services, this MS62 1898-S Gold Coronet makes for a great addition for collectors and stackers alike. Many of these coins were melted after gold ownership was prohibited in the United States, but many of the coins survived in European banks. These coins are well traveled but remain in uncirculated condition. They also feature a design that dominated American coinage for more than half a century. With a gold weight of .9675, these coins offer substantial intrinsic value but do not come with the substantial premiums that are often associated with aged coins.

1898-S Gold Coronet Summary

The 1898-S Gold Coronet weighs in at 33.436 g and has a diameter of 34mm, which provides plenty of space for its clear, beautiful design. As one of the Type III Coronets, it carries an altered version of James Longacre’s original design. With a mintage of, Many of the 2,575,175 coins made were melted or lost in shipwrecks, making this coin carry a remarkable history.

This 1898-S Liberty Head $20 Gold Double Eagle PCGS MS62 is proudly minted by the U.S. Mint. The United States Mint was founded in 1792 and manufactures circulating, collectible, and bullion coinage.

Year of Issue:1898
Mint:U.S. Mint
Mint Mark:S
Branch:San Francisco
Grading Service:PCGS
Finish:Mint State
Weight in Grams:30.093 g
Weight in Ounces:0.9675 oz
Country:United States
Legal Tender:United States
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