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 $20, NO MOTTO AU58

VERY LUSTEROUS. A VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS MINT SPECIMEN.
$17,950.00

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY LUSTEROUS.
$17,950.00

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

VERY CHOICE LUSTEROUS PLANCHET.
$17,950.00

1851-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS DATE. ONLY 7 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$39,500.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS60

VERY LUSTEROUS. CAC.
$45,000.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

CHOICE FLASHY SEMI-PROOFLIKE SURFACES. ONLY 8 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. HIGHEST GRADE WITH CAC RECOGNITION. CAC.
$59,500.00

1852-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS61

VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS DOUBLE EAGLE. ONLY 4 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$49,500.00

1853/2 LIBERTY HEAD $20, OVERDATE AU58

VERY SCARCE OVERDATE.
$20,500.00

1854 LIBERTY HEAD $20, SMALL DATE MS62

SMALL DATE. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC.
$17,950.00

1854-O LIBERTY HEAD $20 AU58

THE KEY DATE. ONLY 3,250 STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$695,000.00

1855-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS63

LOVELY SATIN LUSTER. JUST 1 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC. CENTRAL AMERICA PEDIGREE.
$29,500.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS65

SPIKE SHIELD. GEM SURFACES. CAC.
$15,950.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS66

SPIKE SHIELD. GEM SURFACES. ONLY 12 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$32,500.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20, BOLD S, NO MOTTO MS65

20B BOLD S. SSCA 1268. VERY FLASHY. CAC.
$15,950.00

1857-S LIBERTY HEAD $20, NO SER,HI S, NO MOTTO MS65

20G NO SERIF, HIGH S. SSCA 3202. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$23,500.00

1865 LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS62

S.S. CENTRAL AMERICA PEDIGREE. COMPLETE WITH ORIGINAL WOODEN BOX.
$16,500.00

1866 LIBERTY HEAD $20, MOTTO MS61

WITH MOTTO. WELL STRUCK AND LUSTEROUS.JUST 9 GRADE HIGHER AT PCGS.
$15,950.00

1866-S LIBERTY $20, NO MOTTO MS61

NO MOTTO. TIED WITH ANOTHER FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. CAC.
$375,000.00

1867-S LIBERTY $20 MS60

NICE LUSTER.
$14,950.00

1867-S LIBERTY HEAD $20 MS60

VERY SCARCE IN UNCIRCULATED CONDITION, ONLY 12 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$14,950.00

1868-S LIBERTY $20 MS61

VERY CHOICE ORIGINAL. ONLY 2 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS
$18,950.00