Born of the 1849 Gold Rush, this first U.S. $20 gold double eagle was the queen of American coinage, containing a full 33.436 grams of .900 gold (.96750 oz. of pure gold). Most Americans of the time never held one, because it represented most of a month's wage for the average worker. Only a fraction survive in our sharply detailed Extra Fine quality, which saw only light circulation in bygone American commerce. The elegant Coronet Liberty obverse and intricate Eagle with Shield reverse are great classics of U.S. minting. Our choice of date.