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.
$43,950.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY FLASHY. A WHISPER AWAY FROM UNCIRCULATED.
$21,950.00

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.
$53,750.00

1853 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62

VERY CHOICE SURFACES WITH ORANGE PEEL LUSTER. JUST FIVE MS63 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$18,650.00

1853/2 LIBERTY HEAD $20, OVERDATE MS62

WELL STRUCK WITH SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$71,500.00

1856-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

WELL STRUCK. JUST A BREATH AWAY FROM UNCIRCULATED.
$6,000.00

1856-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS64

GEM FLASHY LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST A SINGLE MS65 COIN GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$38,500.00

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

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62

CHOICE SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES.
$6,325.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS65

SPIKED SHIELD. S.S. CENTRAL AMERICA. GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES. CAC.
$19,250.00

1859-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

LOVELY LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY 75-100 COINS KNOWN IN ALL GRADES. JUST SEVEN COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$87,500.00

1860-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

CHOICE VERY FLASHY LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY 2 COINS GRADED HIGHER THAN MS62 AT PCGS.
$12,650.00

1861 LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

WELL STRUCK WITH VERY LIGHT CIRCULATION APPARENT. CAC.
$6,000.00

1861-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY THE SLIGHTEST AMOUNT OF WEAR IS EVIDENT.
$7,300.00

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.
$45,000.00

1864 LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. SCARCE CIVIL WAR YEAR.
$16,500.00

1865 LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VIRTUALLY UNCIRCULATED. SCARCE CIVIL WAR YEAR.
$7,000.00

1865-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES.
$6,000.00

1865-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY CHOICE SURFACES. JUST THE SLIGHTEST WEAR SHOWING. CAC.
$6,595.00