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-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

1850-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

EXTREMELY RARE IN MINT STATE. JUST A MS61+ AND A MS62 GRADED HIGHER.
$92,500.00

1851-O LIBERTY $20, NO MOTTO AU58

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

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY CHOICE LUSTROUS PLANCHET.
$17,950.00

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY LUSTROUS.
$17,950.00

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

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

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS DATE. ONLY 9 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$49,500.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

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

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY FLASHY. A WHISPER AWAY FROM UNCIRCULATED.
$24,000.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY 8 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$54,500.00

1853/2 LIBERTY HEAD $20, OVERDATE AU58

VERY SCARCE OVERDATE.
$18,950.00

1853/2 LIBERTY HEAD $20, OVERDATE MS61

VERY CLEAR OVERDATE. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. BASS PEDIGREE.
$42,500.00

1854-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

THE KEY DATE. ONLY 3,250 STRUCK. TIED WITH 3 OTHER COINS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$750,000.00

1855-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62

VERY SCARCE IN MINT STATE. VERY LUSTROUS SURFACES.
$18,950.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS65

20B BOLD S. SSCA 1268. VERY FLASHY. CAC.
$17,500.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS65+

SPIKE SHIELD. GEM SATIN LUSTEROUS SURFACES. CAC.
$21,500.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS65+

GEM SATIN LUSTEROUS SURFACES. CAC.
$19,500.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS66

GEM LUSTEROUS SURFACES. ONLY THREE COINS GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$27,500.00

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.
$13,950.00

1859 LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU50

BRIGHT LUSTEROUS SURFACES.
$12,950.00