The Gold Liberty Double Eagle was the first US gold with a denomination of $20 (USD), which would prove to the highest denomination the US would ever issue for circulation use. The Gold Liberty Double Eagle design was in circulation from 1849 to 1906, and arguably its most unique date mark are the 1861 SS Republic Coins. The 1861 Pre-33 $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle SS Republic Coin is currently available to you for purchase online at Silver.com with NGC certification.
- Coin ships to you inside of the NGC protective plastic slab!
- Struck in 1861!
- Availability of certified coins from the SS Republic range is limited!
- Consists of .9675 Troy ounces of actual gold content.
- Issued a face value of $20 (USD) by the United States.
- Bears a Grade of Mint State 62 from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- The obverse features the left-profile bust of Liberty.
- On the reverse is the Great Seal of the United States of America.
- Created by James B. Longacre.
In 1861, the SS Republic was transporting $400,000 worth of US gold coins, most of which were 1861 dated $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle coins. The ship sank in the early days of the Civil War and would hold its treasures for more than 130 years. In 2003, a private research team recovered the treasure of 1861 Pre-33 $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle Coins.
At this point in US history, the $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle was the largest denomination of gold coin ever issued by the US, and remains the largest ever in circulation. Available since 1849 when a handful of proofs were struck, Americans were hoarding the Gold Double Eagle in 1861 as the threat of the Civil War loomed on the horizon. That makes these specimens are very rare chance to get early Pre-33 $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagles.
On the obverse of these 1861 Pre-33 $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagles is the first design used in the series. The images for the Gold Liberty Double Eagles were created in 1849 by James B. Longacre and eventually featured three subtypes, each representing a different reverse change. This is the only obverse image used in this series of Double Eagles and it features Liberty in left-profile relief surrounded by 13 stars with the date mark below.
The reverse of 1861 Pre-33 Liberty Double Eagles features the first subtype design. The Great Seal of the United States of America is featured without the national motto engraving and a face value marking of “twenty D” rather than the later “twenty dollars.”
These 1861 Pre-33 $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagles have Mint State 62 certifications from the NGC. Coins in this condition showcase impaired luster, clusters of small contact marks possible, noticeable hairlines, and generally acceptable eye appeal.
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