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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1850 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS63

FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE. GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY FIVE COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$74,250.00

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY LUSTROUS.
$16,500.00

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS60

CHOICE LUSTROUS UNC. VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS MINTED COIN IN UNCIRCULATED CONDITION.
$27,500.00

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS MINTED DOUBLE EAGLE. JUST ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$76,950.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

VERY SCARCE DESIRABLE NEW ORLEANS MINTED DOUBLE EAGLE.
$10,500.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY FLASHY. A WHISPER AWAY FROM UNCIRCULATED.
$20,500.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS DOUBLE EAGLE. CAC.
$18,950.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

CHOICE FLASHY SEMI-PROOFLIKE SURFACES. ONLY 8 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. SOLE HIGHEST GRADE WITH CAC RECOGNITION. CAC.
$65,000.00

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.
$52,500.00

1853/2 LIBERTY HEAD $20, OVERDATE AU58

VERY SCARCE OVERDATE.
$17,500.00

1854 LIBERTY HEAD $20, SMALL DATE MS62

SMALL DATE. JUST 3 COINS GRADE HIGHER AT PCGS.
$17,500.00

1854-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

THE KEY DATE. ONLY 3,250 STRUCK. TIED WITH 3 OTHER COINS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$795,000.00

1855-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

EXTREMELY SCARCE. ONLY 8,000 STRUCK. JUST TWO AU58 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$82,500.00

1855-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62

VERY SCARCE IN MINT STATE. VERY LUSTROUS SURFACES.
$17,950.00

1857-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU55

WELL STRUCK AND LUSTROUS.
$18,950.00

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

1861-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS60

WELL STRUCK AND LUSTROUS. VERY RARE IN MINT STATE CONDITION. THE HIGHEST GRADED ARE TWO MS61 COINS.
$275,000.00

1861-S LIBERTY HEAD $20, PAQUET AU50

PAQUET REVERSE. WELL STRUCK WITH SOME LUSTER STILL EVIDENT. UNKNOWN IN MINT STATE CONDITION.
$89,500.00

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.
$93,500.00

1866-S LIBERTY HEAD $20, NO MOTTO AU58

NO MOTTO. VERY RARE IN THIS STATE OF PRESERVATION. CAC.
$126,500.00