Liberty Head $20

Type 1 (1850-1866)

America’s largest circulating gold coin was the double eagle or $20 piece, born in the exciting years of the great California Gold Rush. The new mines yielded the greatest mass of gold in recorded history. Vast quantities of the yellow metal helped to speed development of the American West and had far-reaching effects on the world’s coinage.

The first California gold to reach the Philadelphia Mint was dispatched by the territory’s Governor, Col. R.B. Mason to Secretary of War William L. Marcy. Most of this shipment of just over 230 ounces was coined into quarter eagles, $2.50 pieces given an incuse stamp CAL over the eagle. This coinage was small, but it soon became obvious that the sheer mass of gold reaching the mints was going to require a much larger denomination than the quarter eagle, half eagle and eagle then authorized. North Carolina Congressman James Iver McK.... (Expand Text)

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1869-S LIBERTY $20 MS61

VERY SCARCE IN MINT STATE.
$10,950.00

1869-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

VERY SCARCE IN MINT STATE,
$10,950.00

1870-S LIBERTY $20 MS63

BRILLIANT LUSTER. TIED WITH ANOTHER FOR HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$65,000.00

1872-CC LIBERTY $20 MS61

KEY DATE CARSON CITY SPECIMEN. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER.
$89,500.00

1872-CC LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU53

EXHIBITING SOME LUSTER. WELL STRUCK.
$18,500.00

1873-CC LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

CHOICE LUSTEROUS AU. KEY CARSON CITY DATE.
$35,000.00

1876-S LIBERTY $20 MS63

VERY CHOICE AND LUSTEROUS.
$8,950.00

1878-CC LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

VERY SCARCE CARSON CITY DOUBLE EAGLE. ONLY 13,180 STRUCK. STILL POSSESSES MUCH LUSTER.
$22,500.00

1879-CC LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU53

STILL EXHIBITING MINT LUSTER. VERY LIVELY AU.
$21,000.00

1882-CC LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU53

SCARCE CARSON CITY $20 LIB. ONLY 39,140 STRUCK.
$5,850.00

1884-CC LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

SCARCE CARSON CITY $20 LIBERTY.
$6,250.00

1884-CC LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS60

SATIN LUSTER.
$10,950.00

1890-CC LIBERTY $20 MS62

VERY SCARCE CARSON CITY DATE.
$24,500.00

1892-CC LIBERTY HEAD $20 XF45

VERY SCARCE CARSON CITY DATE. ONLY 27,265 STRUCK.
$4,250.00

1893-CC LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

WELL STRUCK CARSON CITY DOUBLE EAGLE.
$7,950.00

1896 LIBERTY HEAD $20 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP CAMEO. ONLY 128 STRUCK. JUST 1 GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$275,000.00

1896 LIBERTY HEAD $20 PR67 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO. ONLY 128 STRUCK. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$345,000.00

1902 LIBERTY $20 PR66

GEM PROOF. JUST 114 STRUCK WITH 40-50 BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY. JUST 3 COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$137,500.00

1903-S LIBERTY $20 MS65

TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$14,950.00

1903-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS65

GEM LUSTEROUS SURFACES. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$13,500.00

1904 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS65

GEM SATIN SURFACES.
$2,450.00