History, Information, and Value of 1854 Small Date Double Eagles
Value of 1854 $20 Small Date Gold Coin
There are two varieties of the 1854 double eagle_one described as a medium, or a small date, and the other as a large date. The size difference of the dates is noticeable, but most catalog listings have not mentioned date sizes as a factor in collectability. You may be content to find just one 1854 $20 double eagle minted in Philadelphia for your collection, regardless of date size. The Small Date variety represents the vast majority of the 1854 mintage, and circulated examples are plentiful up to About Uncirculated condition, becoming scarce in Choice AU grades. Availability drops off considerably in Mint State, with perhaps just two to three dozen coins available to collectors today.