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Why buy this 1 oz Silver Proof 1849 Pattern Double Eagle Smithsonian Collection Medal?
The discovery of gold in California in 1848 began a chain of events that would change the course of global commerce for more than half a century. Early in 1849, Congress authorized the production of a double eagle. The new coin would be double the size of the previous largest coin, the $10 Eagle. The relief of the initial portrait proved too high, and the design was revised for mass production. Just two pieces with the original designs survived. Now you have the chance to own a medal that features the original historic design.
Striking Liberty Design by James Longnacre
James Longacre created the original double eagle designs that feature on this medal. On the obverse is a left-side portrait of Liberty, whose long hair is held back by a coronet that bears an inscription of her name, "LIBERTY." She is encircled by thirteen stars, one for each of the original states, and the date of the original issue, "1849."
On the reverse, an eagle guards a union shield. Thirteen stars are arranged in an oval above the bird's head. Longacre's signature features at the bottom of the design. Also on this face are two inscriptions, the name of the original coin's country, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," and the coin's name, "DOUBLE EAGLE."
Exquisite GEM Proof UC
This medal received a GEM Proof grade from the experts at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). A piece must have been well struck and have no traces of wear to receive that grade. It was also certified Ultra Cameo (UC), a designation that means that it bears particularly sharp contrasts between heavily frosted devices and deeply mirrored fields.
Don't miss your chance to own this 1849 1 oz Silver Proof Pattern Double Eagle Smithsonian Collection Medal.
|Display Weight:||1 oz|
|Weight in Grams:||31.1035 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||1 oz|