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 LUSTROUS UNC. VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS MINTED COIN IN UNCIRCULATED CONDITION.
$39,950.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY FLASHY. A WHISPER AWAY FROM UNCIRCULATED.
$19,750.00

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.
$52,500.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS64

VIRTUAL GEM SURFACES WITH ORANGE PEEL COLOR. CAC.
$10,950.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS65

GEM FLASHY LUSTROUS GEM. SS CENTRAL AMERICA.
$12,500.00

1859-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

LOVELY LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY 75-100 COINS KNOWN IN ALL GRADES. JUST SEVEN COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$82,500.00

1859-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 XF40

VERY RARE. ONLY 9,100 STRUCK. BELIEVE THAT ONLY 75-100 COINS EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES.
$32,950.00

1864 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

VERY CHOICE SURFACES WITH VERY FLASHY LUSTER. ONLY 12 COINNS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$32,950.00

1865 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS64

GEM FLASHY LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY THREE COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$54,500.00

1865-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS63

WELL STRUCK WITH SATIN SURFACES. BROTHER JONATHAN 630 PEDIGREE.
$17,500.00

1867 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

VERY LUSTROUS CHOICE SURFACES.
$7,950.00

1867-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS60

VERY SCARCE IN UNCIRCULATED CONDITION. ONLY 18 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$12,500.00

1901 LIBERTY HEAD $20 PR65 Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF SURFACES. ONLY 96 STRUCK.
$137,500.00