In 1903, Orville Wright completed the first successful flight of a heavier than air plane using a petrol engine. Could the Wright brothers have used a 1903 double eagle like the one offered here to purchase parts to build the craft that flew that day in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina?
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.