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 AU58

VERY LUSTROUS.
$16,950.00

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS MINT DOUBLE EAGLE.
$13,950.00

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS DATE. ONLY 9 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$47,500.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

VERY SCARCE DESIRABLE NEW ORLEANS MINTED DOUBLE EAGLE.
$11,500.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

WELL STRUCK WITH SMOOTH LUSTEROUS SURFACES.
$17,500.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY FLASHY. A WHISPER AWAY FROM UNCIRCULATED.
$21,500.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

CHOICE FLASHY SEMI-PROOFLIKE SURFACES. ONLY 8 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. SOLE HIGHEST GRADE WITH CAC RECOGNITION. CAC.
$65,000.00

1853/2 LIBERTY HEAD $20, OVERDATE AU58

VERY SCARCE OVERDATE.
$18,500.00

1853/2 LIBERTY HEAD $20, OVERDATE MS61

VERY CLEAR OVERDATE. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. BASS PEDIGREE.
$37,500.00

1853-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

CHOICE LUSTEROUS SURFACES. LESS THEN 10 UNCIRCUALTED COINS GRADED.
$21,500.00

1854 LIBERTY HEAD $20, SMALL DATE MS62

SMALL DATE. JUST 3 COINS GRADE HIGHER AT PCGS.
$17,500.00

1854-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

THE KEY DATE. ONLY 3,250 STRUCK. TIED WITH 3 OTHER COINS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$795,000.00

1855-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62

VERY SCARCE IN MINT STATE. VERY LUSTROUS SURFACES.
$17,950.00

1855-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS63

VERY CHOICE LUSTEROUS SURFACES. S.S.CENTRAL AMERICA PEDIGREE. CAC.
$32,500.00

1855-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS63

VERY CHOICE LUSTEROUS SURFACES. JUST 11 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$27,500.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS65+

20B BOLD S. SSCA 1268. VERY FLASHY. CAC.
$18,500.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS65+

SPIKE SHIELD. GEM SATIN LUSTEROUS SURFACES. S.S.CCENTRAL AMERICA PEDIGREE. CAC.
$19,950.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS66

GEM LUSTEROUS SURFACES.
$29,500.00

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

20G NO SERIF, HIGH S. SSCA 3202. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$22,950.00

1859 LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU50

BRIGHT LUSTEROUS SURFACES.
$11,950.00

1859-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

LOVELY LUSTEROUS SURFACES. ONLY 75-100 COINS KNOWN.
$77,500.00