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Complete Set of Gold $20 Type 1 Double Eagles

About the Coin

There were only three 1855-O double eagles recovered from the SS Republic with all three grading AU58, tying this coin as the finest known from the shipwreck for this date and mint.

Although the 1854-O and 1856-O are considered such great rarities with only one mint state coin between them, the 1855-O is sandwiched right between those two dates and only boasts a handful of mint state coins itself. It is hardly a common issue, yet if you were to trade in equivalently graded 1855-O's for a single similarly graded 1854-O or 1856-O, it would take five 1855-O's to do so.

Designer: James B. Longacre
Weight: 33.436 grams
Diameter: approx. 34mm, reeded edge
Composition: 90% gold, 10% copper/silver

1855-O Gold $20 Double Eagle

Type 1 No Motto — S.S. Republic

SS Republic Population

Total Mintage: 8,000
Overall Rarity Ranking: 3 of 44 coins
Overall Population: approx. 75 to 85 coins

Finest recovered from the shipwreck

1855-O Gold $20 Double Eagle SS Republic Obverse
1855-O Gold $20 Double Eagle SS Republic Reverse

The Arlington Collection of Double Eagles