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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1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61 PCGS

VERY FLASHY LUSTROUS SURFACES. THIS IS A VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS STRUCK DOUBLE EAGLE IN MINT STATE CONDITION. CONDITION CENSUS WITH THE HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS IS JUST MS62+.
$49,500.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61 PCGS

WARM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS $20 IN MINT STATE. JUST A FEW MS62 COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$49,500.00

1853 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62 PCGS

VERY CHOICE SURFACES WITH ORANGE PEEL LUSTER. JUST FIVE MS63 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$17,500.00

1853 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62 PCGS

CHOICE SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST SEVEN COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. THE HIGHEST ONLY A MS63+.
$17,500.00

1853/2 LIBERTY HEAD $20, OVERDATE MS62 PCGS

WELL STRUCK WITH SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$79,750.00

1855-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58 PCGS

VERY CHOICE SATIN LUSTROUS SPECIMEN WITH NEGLIGIBLE SIGNS OF WEAR. CAC.
$7,150.00

1856 LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55 NGC

WELL STRUCK WITH SURFACES EXHIBITING THE LIGHTEST OF WEAR AND STILL SOME LUSTER. CAC.
$5,500.00

1857-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58 PCGS

WELL STUCK LUSTROUS SURFACES. VERY SCARCE IN HIGH GRADE. ONLY 4 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$39,600.00

1857-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61 PCGS

WELL STRUCK LUSTROUS SURFACES. THIS IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE MINT STATE EXAMPLE OF THIS KEY DATE DOUBLE EAGLE. SOLE THIRD HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. THE HIGHEST BEING A MS63.
$165,000.00

1858-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61 PCGS

CHOICE BRILLIANT LUSTROUS SPECIMEN. TRULY A GREAT SCARCITY IN MINT STATE CONDITION. ONLY A SINGLE MS62 COIN GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$110,000.00

1859-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55 PCGS

LOVELY LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY 75-100 COINS KNOWN IN ALL GRADES. JUST SEVEN COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$87,500.00

1859-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 XF40 PCGS

VERY RARE. ONLY 9,100 STRUCK. BELIEVE THAT ONLY 75-100 COINS EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES.
$39,600.00

1859-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61 CACG

ORIGINAL CRUSTY LUSTROUS SURFACES. HIGHEST GRADED IS ONLY A SINGLE MS63. CAC.
$19,250.00

1861-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55 PCGS

CHOICE LUSTEROUS SURFACES. ONE OF THE KEY NEW ORLEANS MINTED COINS FOR THE LIBERTY DOUBLE EAGLE COLLECTION. ONLY A SINGLE MS60 COIN IS THE HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$87,500.00

1861-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58 PCGS

VERY CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST THE SLIGHTEST AMOUNT OF WEAR EVIDENT. ONLY A SINGLE MS60 COIN GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$121,000.00

1861-S LIBERTY HEAD $20, PAQUET AU55 CACG

PAQUET REVERSE, WELL STRUCK, ORIGINAL SURFACES. CONDITION CENSUS. SECOND HIGHEST GRADED WITH CAC STICKER. CAC.
$231,000.00

1861-S LIBERTY HEAD $20, PAQUET XF45 PCGS

PAQUET REVERSE. VERY ATTRACTIVE, EVENLY WORN SURFACES. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF THE LIBERTY DOUBLE EAGLE SET.
$110,000.00

1862 LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58 PCGS

THE SURFACES ARE AS NEAR MINT STATE AS YOU CAN GET. THIS IS A LOW MINTAGE DOUBLE EAGLE FROM THE CIVIL WAR ERA.
$45,000.00

1862 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61 PCGS

CHOICE LUSTROUS SPECIMEN. VERY SCRACE IN MINT STATE CONDITION. JUST SIX GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. THE HIGHEST IS GRADED MS63.
$65,950.00

1863 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61 PCGS

WELL STRUCK WITH LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST 12 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$49,500.00

1863-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62 PCGS

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY A DOZEN COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CIVIL WAR YEAR. CAC.
$34,650.00