The Gold Eagle Series from the United States Mint was among the first denominations issued by the new nation in the 1790s. The first of these was the Gold Eagle, a $10 gold coin issued beginning in 1795 alongside a Half Eagle and Quarter Eagle with denominations matching their name ($5 and $2.50). The largest denomination of coin ever issued came from this series and was known as the Gold Double Eagle. Today, 1857-S Pre-33 $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle coins are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Available to ship inside of protective plastic slabs from the PCGS!
- Struck in 1857!
- Total mintage of 970,500 coins of this type that year!
- Availability of certified coins is limited!
- Consists of 31.431 Grams, or 1.075 Troy ounces, of actual gold content.
- The face value of $20 (USD) is fully backed by the United States government.
- Graded Mint State 65 by the Professional Coin Grading Service.
- On the obverse is a depiction of Lady Liberty.
- The reverse includes the heraldic eagle of the United States.
- “S” mint mark from the San Francisco Mint.
Gold Double Eagle coins were introduced by the United States Mint in 1850 following the influx of gold into the Treasury from the California Gold Rush. The US Mint issued a few proof strikings in 1849, with full production of circulation coins beginning the following year. The Gold Double Eagles went through only two designs in 83 years, with these Liberty Head Gold Double Eagles representing the first and longest-running design in the series.
All 1857-S Pre-33 $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagles available to you here come with a Mint State 65 certification from the PCGS. A coin with an MS65 certification has high-quality luster and strike for its date and mint. You may notice a few small, scattered contact marks and one or two small patches of hairlines.
The United States Mint used a total of five different mints between 1850 and 1907 to strike the Liberty Gold Double Eagle. During the first decade of availability, however, only the Philadelphia Mint, San Francisco Mint, and New Orleans Mint produced these coins. The specimens available to you here today come from the San Francisco Mint with an “S” mint mark and a mintage of 970,500. The Philadelphia Mint issued 439,375 that year and the New Orleans Mint struck 30,000.
On the obverse of Liberty Head Gold Double Eagles is James B. Longacre’s left-profile portrait of Liberty, along with 13 stars and the date mark at the bottom of the design field. The reverse side features the heraldic eagle of the United States with an ornate sunburst around the seal. This is the Type I design in the series and lacks the national motto.
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