Collectors of historic American coinage are more than familiar with the Gold Double Eagle coin from Augustus Saint-Gaudens, but there’s another Double Eagle coin that debuted well before Saint-Gaudens’ famous design. The Gold Liberty Double Eagle preceded the design from Saint-Gaudens and paved the way for gold coinage in the US. The Pre-33 $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle Coin is now available to you online at Silver.com with certification.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic slab courtesy of the NGC or PCGS.
- Struck from 1850 to 1907.
- 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 61 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation or Professional Coin Grading Service.
- Obverse features the Liberty portrait.
- Reverse includes the Great Seal of the United States of America.
- Designed by James B. Longacre.
Pre-33 $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle coins were first introduced in 1850 using the gold discovered one year prior during the California Gold Rush. It was the first-ever $20 gold coin from the US Mint, and was simply referred to in its day as the Double Eagle because Gold Eagle coins had a face value of $10, and the American bald eagle appeared as the primary design feature.
On the obverse of the coin is the left-profile portrait of Liberty in the Greco-Roman style, with 13 stars surrounding her head and the year of issue below. On the reverse is the Great Seal of the United States of America, complete with an engraving of “United States of America” above and the face value below. Face value engravings differ, with 1849-1866 coins listed as “twenty D” and 1867-1907 coins listed as “twenty dollars.”
James B. Longacre was the man behind the design of the Gold Liberty Double Eagle coin. Available from 1850 until 1907, it was eventually replaced by Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ image of Liberty on the obverse and a new reverse depiction of the American bald eagle. All American gold coins were collected and melted down starting in 1933 to supply American gold bars during the Great Depression.
All $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle coins in this listing is in Mint State 61 according to the NGC or PCGS. Graded coins from both services are available, but Silver.com cannot guarantee the exact coin and grading house label you’ll receive. MS61 coins have mint luster that is diminished or noticeably impaired, and the surface is likely to have clusters of large and small contact marks throughout. Hairlines may also be easily noticeable.
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