Most investors and collectors who buy gold from the US Mint are familiar with the historic Gold Double Eagle. However, many of those same individuals might have greater familiarity with the Augustus Saint-Gaudens image of Liberty used on the coins in the 20th century. The original design was known simply as the Liberty Head and came from James B. Longacre, the fourth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. Today, that design is available to you on the 1853 Pre-33 $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle Coin at Silver.com.
- Available to ship inside of a protective plastic slab from the NGC!
- Issued by the US Mint in 1853!
- Availability of certified gold coins in this range is limited!
- Consists of .9675 Troy ounces of actual gold content.
- The face value of $20 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- Graded XF45 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Obverse features Liberty in left-profile relief.
- Reverse includes the Great Seal of the United States of America.
- Created by James B. Longacre.
Gold Double Eagle coins have a different design history than their Gold Eagle counterparts. For starters, this $20 denomination was the last added to the range that includes the $10 Gold Eagle, $5 Half Eagle, and $2.50 Quarter Eagle coins. Additionally, the shorter production history means the Gold Double Eagle has only two main designs and six subtypes in total.
All of these 1853 Pre-33 $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle Coins come from the fourth year of issue and have an XF45 certification from the NGC. Coins in this condition showcase complete design elements with minor wear visible on only a handful of the highest relief points. XF is a lower range on the Sheldon numeric scale and generally identifies coins as Extra Fine, with room to adjust numeric grades based on the amount of wear and the relief points.
On the obverse of 1853 $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle Coins is the image of Liberty in left-profile relief. She wears a crown on her head, also known as a coronet, and has 13 stars around her figure. The date mark of “1853” is engraved on this side as well.
The reverse of 1853 Pre-33 $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle Coins includes what is known as the first design, first subtype. The Great Seal of the United States of America includes the American bald eagle with arrows and an olive branch in its talons, the national shield on its chest, and an array of sunbursts above its head. Later subtypes of Longacre’s design would add the national motto “In God We Trust” and change the face value from “twenty D” to “twenty dollars.”
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