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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1859 LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU50

BRIGHT LUSTEROUS SURFACES.
$12,950.00

1863 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS63

VERY CHOICE PROOFLIKE SURFACES. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR SECOND HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. JUST A MS64 GRADED HIGHER.
$89,500.00

1864 LIBERTY HEAD $20 PR65 Deep Cameo

TYPE 1. VERY RARE TYPE. GEM PROOF ULTRA CAMEO. ONLY 50 COIN STRUCK. JUST TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$525,000.00

1865 LIBERTY $20, NO MOTTO MS65

SS REPUBLIC PEDGREE. ONLY 1 COIN GRADED HIGHER.
$77,500.00

1866-S LIBERTY HEAD $20, NO MOTTO MS61

NO MOTTO. THERE ARE TWO MS62 GRADED AT PCGS, BUT THERE MAY NOT BE ANY FINER. A FABULOUS RARITY IN MINT STATE CONDITION. CAC.
$350,000.00

1867-S LIBERTY $20 MS60

NICE LUSTER. JUST 15 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$13,500.00

1867-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS60

VERY SCARCE IN UNCIRCULATED CONDITION. ONLY 15 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$13,500.00

1868-S LIBERTY $20 MS61

VERY CHOICE ORIGINAL. ONLY 6 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$17,500.00

1869-S LIBERTY $20 MS61

VERY SCARCE IN MINT STATE.
$10,950.00

1869-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

VERY SCARCE IN MINT STATE,
$10,950.00

1872-CC LIBERTY $20 MS61

KEY DATE CARSON CITY SPECIMEN. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER.
$89,500.00

1873 LIBERTY HEAD $20, OPEN 3 MS64

OPEN 3. VERY CHOICE SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST ONE MS65+ COIN GRADED HIGHER.
$34,950.00

1873 LIBERTY HEAD $20, OPEN 3 RA63+ W

OPEN 3. DOUBLE DIE OBVERSE. SATIN LUSTEROUS SURFACES. CAC.
$14,950.00

1875-CC LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62+

SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. VERY SCARCE CARSON CITY DOUBLE EAGLE. CAC.
$27,500.00

1876 LIBERTY HEAD $20 PR65 Deep Cameo

GEM ULTRA CAMEO. VERY SCARCE TYPE 2 PROOF LIBERTY $20 GOLD. ONLY 45 STRUCK. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR THE HIGHEST GRADED.
$350,000.00

1876-S LIBERTY $20 MS63

VERY CHOICE AND LUSTROUS.
$8,950.00