The United States Mint’s largest denomination coin in history was the $20 Gold Double Eagle. The term double eagle referred to the program as a whole, the Gold Eagles being the first gold coins ever struck by the United States Mint, as well as the specific denomination of the coin as a $20 (USD) specimen. The standard Gold Eagle was a $10 (USD) coin. Right now, Pre-33 Gold $20 Liberty Double Eagle Coins are available to purchase online at Silver.com with certification.
- Ships to you inside of a protective plastic slab!
- Struck between 1849 and 1906!
- Consists of .9675 Troy ounces of actual gold content.
- Bears a face value of $20 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Issued a Grade of Mint State 66 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation or Professional Coin Grading Service.
- Obverse features a left-profile portrait of Liberty.
- Reverse includes the heraldic eagle styled after the Great Seal of the United States of America.
Each Pre-33 $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle Coin in this product listing comes to you with a protective plastic slab and a Mint State 66 certification. Coins in MS66 condition exhibit above average quality for the surface and mint luster. The coins feature no more than three or four minor contact marks and a few light hairlines only visible under certification.
The production of Gold Eagle coins in the United States began in 1794 as the United States Mint issued its first official American coinage. However, it wasn’t until the California Gold Rush enriched the Treasury that the Double Eagle coin was released. The initial coins were struck in 1849 with full production beginning in 1850. The coins feature designs from James B. Longacre, the fourth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.
On the obverse of the Pre-33 Gold $20 Liberty Double Eagle coins is a left-profile bust of Lady Liberty. She wears her hair back in a slight bun with a crown on her head that has the word “Liberty” inscribed upon it. There are 13 stars around her portrait and the date of issue is stamped at the bottom of the design field.
The reverse of Pre-33 Gold Liberty Double Eagle Coins includes a version of the heraldic eagle of the United States based on the Great Seal of the United States of America. The Gold Liberty Double Eagles went through three iterations of design on this side. The initial coins lacked the national motto “In God We Trust” from 1849 to 1866 and had the face value listed simply as “twenty D.” The national motto was added in 1866. In 1876, the mint altered the face value to read “Twenty Dollars” instead.
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