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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1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS60

CHOICE SATIN LUSTROUS SPECIMEN. VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS STRUCK COIN IN MINT STATE CONDITION.
$38,500.00

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS60

CHOICE LUSTROUS UNC. VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS MINTED COIN IN UNCIRCULATED CONDITION.
$38,500.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

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

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

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

1853 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62

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

1853 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62

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

WELL STRUCK WITH SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$74,250.00

1855-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY CHOICE SATIN LUSTROUS SPECIMEN WITH NEGLIGIBLE SIGNS OF WEAR. CAC.
$6,325.00

1856-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS64

GEM FLASHY LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST A SINGLE MS65 COIN GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$32,950.00

1857-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

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.
$175,000.00

1858-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

CHOICE BRILLIANT LUSTROUS SPECIMEN. TRULY A GREAT SCARCITY IN MINT STATE CONDITION. ONLY A SINGLE MS62 COIN GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$98,500.00

1858-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS60

WELL STRUCK AND LUSTROUS. VERY SCARCE IN MINT STATE CONDITION. MS63 IS THE HIGHEST GRADED.
$8,750.00

1859-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. VIRTUALLY MINT STATE. CAC.
$10,450.00

1861-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

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.
$82,500.00

1861-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST THE SLIGHTEST AMOUNT OF WEAR EVIDENT. ONLY A SINGLE MS60 COIN GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$124,850.00

1862 LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

THE SURFACES ARE AS NEAR MINT STATE AS YOU CAN GET. THIS IS A LOW MINTAGE DOUBLE EAGLE FROM THE CIVIL WAR ERA.
$41,250.00

1862 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

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

1862 LIBERTY HEAD $20 PR65 Cameo

GEM PROOF SURFACES WITH VERY FROSTED DEVICES. ONLY 35 STRUCK OF THIS MONUMENTAL TYPE 1 $20 GOLD RARITY. CEERTAINLY IN THE TOP 10 OF ALL TYPE 1 $20'S GRADED.
$875,000.00

1863 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

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

1863-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY A DOZEN COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CIVIL WAR YEAR. CAC.
$32,950.00

1864 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

CHOICE SATIN LUSTROUS SPECIMEN FROM THE CIVIL WAR ERA. CAC.
$46,750.00