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.
$21,000.00

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.
$54,500.00

1859-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

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

1859-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 XF40

VERY RARE. ONLY 9,100 STRUCK. BELIEVE THAT ONLY 75-100 COINS EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES.
$38,500.00

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.
$765,000.00

1863 LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES THAT APPEAR TO BE PROOFLIKE. VERY SCARCE IN THIS STATE OF PRESERVATION.
$29,950.00

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

1870-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62

FREASH ORIGINAL SURFACES. ONLY SIX COINS GRADED HIGHER WITH THE HIGHEST BEING A MS63.
$20,850.00

1905 LIBERTY HEAD $20 PR64

VERY FLASHY BRIGHT SURFACES WITH CLAIMS TO CAMEO DEVICES. ONLY 92 STRUCK. THIS DATE IS SELDOM AVAILABLE.
$68,750.00