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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1850 LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE.
$5,750.00

1850-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS60

VERY RARE IN MINT STATE CONDITION. ONLY A HANDFUL GRADED IN THE MS CATAGORY. HIGHEST GRADE IS A SINGLE MS62.
$69,500.00

1851-O LIBERTY $20, NO MOTTO AU58

VERY LUSTEROUS. A VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS MINT SPECIMEN.
$16,950.00

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY LUSTEROUS.
$17,950.00

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS MINT DOUBLE EAGLE.
$16,950.00

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY CHOICE LUSTEROUS PLANCHET.
$17,950.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

VERY SCARCE DESIRABLE NEW ORLEANS MINTED DOUBLE EAGLE.
$12,500.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS60

VERY LUSTEROUS. CAC.
$45,000.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS DOUBLE EAGLE. ONLY 4 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$49,500.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

CHOICE FLASHY SEMI-PROOFLIKE SURFACES. ONLY 8 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. HIGHEST GRADE WITH CAC RECOGNITION. CAC.
$59,500.00

1853 LIBERTY HEAD $20, OVERDATE MS61

VERY CLEAR OVERDATE. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. BASS PEDIGREE.
$48,500.00

1853/2 LIBERTY HEAD $20, OVERDATE AU58

VERY SCARCE OVERDATE.
$20,500.00

1854-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

THE KEY DATE. ONLY 3,250 STRUCK. TIED WITH 3 OTHER COINS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$725,000.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS65

20B BOLD S. SSCA 1268. VERY FLASHY. CAC.
$16,950.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS65

SPIKE SHIELD. GEM SURFACES. CAC.
$16,950.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS66

SPIKE SHIELD. GEM SURFACES. ONLY 12 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$35,000.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20, NO SER,HI S, NO MOTTO MS65

20G NO SERIF, HIGH S. SSCA 3202. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$23,500.00

1858 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

FLASHY SURFACES. ONLY 9 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$14,950.00

1863 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS63

VERY CHOICE PROOFLIKE SURFACES. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR SECOND HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. JUST A MS64 GRADED HIGHER.
$89,500.00

1866-S LIBERTY $20, NO MOTTO MS61

NO MOTTO. THERE IS ONE MS62 GRADED AT PCGS, BUT MAY NOT BE FINER. A FABULOUS RARITY IN MINT STATE CONDITION. CAC.
$375,000.00

1867-S LIBERTY $20 MS60

NICE LUSTER. JUST 14 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$13,950.00