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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1866-S LIBERTY HEAD $20, NO MOTTO MS61

NO MOTTO. THERE ARE TWO MS62 GRADED AT PCGS, BUT THEY MAY NOT BE ANY FINER. A FABULOUS RARITY IN MINT STATE CONDITION. CAC.
$329,500.00

1867-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS60

NICE LUSTER. JUST 18 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$12,500.00

1867-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS60

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

1869-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

VERY SCARCE IN MINT STATE.
$10,000.00

1890-CC LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62

VERY SCARCE CARSON CITY DATE. JUST 12 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$23,500.00

1895-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS65

GEM SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY TWO MS65+ COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$21,950.00