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 SINGLE MS62 GRADED HIGHER.
$87,500.00

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 AU58

VERY FLASHY. A WHISPER AWAY FROM UNCIRCULATED.
$24,500.00

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

1853/2 LIBERTY HEAD $20, OVERDATE AU58

VERY SCARCE OVERDATE.
$20,500.00

1853/2 LIBERTY HEAD $20, OVERDATE MS61

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

1854-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

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

1855-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62

VERY SCARCE IN MINT STATE. VERY LUSTEROUS SURFACES.
$21,000.00

1855-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS63

LOVELY SATIN LUSTER. JUST 1 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC. CENTRAL AMERICA PEDIGREE.
$29,500.00

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, 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

1864 LIBERTY HEAD $20 PR65 Deep Cameo

TYPE 1. VERY RARE TYPE. GEM PROOF ULTRA CAMEO. ONLY 50 COINS STRUCK. JUST ONE COIN GRADE HIGHER.
$525,000.00

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

1867-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS60

VERY SCARCE IN UNCIRCULATED CONDITION, ONLY 14 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$13,950.00