1890 witnessed the infamous battle at Wounded Knee between a camp of Lakota Sioux and the US 7th Cavalry regiment. The US regiment was attempting to disarm the camp and arrest their leader when fighting broke out. By the time the fighting ceased, at least 153 Sioux and 25 US soldiers lost their lives on the banks of the Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. Could this 1890 double eagle have been present for this tragic event?
The final version of the long-lived Liberty Double Eagle is the Type III design that is an amalgamation of James Barton Longacre's and William Barber's work. Most issues of this type were produced in generous quantities, but notable exceptions are the 1879-O, most of the CC-mint deliveries and the Philadelphia Mint coins from the 1881-1887 era, some of which were actually produced solely in proof format. In addition, many of the "common" issues of this type are still scarce-to-rare above MS-62, such is the softness of gold as a coinage metal and the ease with which these large pieces acquired detracting bagmarks.