$20 Liberty Double Eagle

$20 Liberty Double Eagle

  • 1866-S $20 MOTTO Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58+
    1866-S $20 MOTTO Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 751858027

    1866-S $20 MOTTO Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58+

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  • 1870-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC XF45
    1870-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC XF45
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 503616011

    1870-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC XF45

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  • 1873 $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    1873 $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 570960006

    1873 $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53

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  • 1873-S $20 Closed 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    1873-S $20 Closed 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 173274008

    1873-S $20 Closed 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53

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  • 1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 751863003

    1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53

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  • 1873-S $20 Closed 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    1873-S $20 Closed 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 516355007

    1873-S $20 Closed 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53

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  • 1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 751863005

    1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53

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  • 1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 751863006

    1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53

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  • 1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 751863007

    1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53

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  • 1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 751863004

    1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53

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  • 1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 751863008

    1873-S $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53

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  • 1873 $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS MS60
    1873 $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS MS60
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 501904007

    1873 $20 OPEN 3 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS MS60

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  • 1874-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU55
    1874-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 516355003

    1874-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU55

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  • 1875-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    1875-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 501904016

    1875-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53

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  • 1875-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS XF40
    1875-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS XF40
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 516355001

    1875-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS XF40

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  • 1875-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    1875-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 516355006

    1875-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53

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  • 1876 $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    1876 $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 501904009

    1876 $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53

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  • 1876-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU50
    1876-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU50
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 501890001

    1876-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU50

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  • 1876-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU55
    1876-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 516355004

    1876-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU55

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  • 1876-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU55
    1876-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 516355005

    1876-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU55

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  • 1876-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU55
    1876-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 751114059

    1876-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU55

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  • 1877-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU58
    1877-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU58
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 570939046

    1877-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU58

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  • 1877-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    1877-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 502795217

    1877-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55

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  • 1877-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU58
    1877-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU58
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 749165012

    1877-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU58

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  • 1877-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58
    1877-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 502893164

    1877-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58

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  • 1877-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58
    1877-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 501904010

    1877-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58

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  • 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 502795220

    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55

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  • 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58
    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 502795221

    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58

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  • 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750302043

    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53

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  • 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750302045

    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53

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  • 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750067054

    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55

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  • 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58
    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 749966096

    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58

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  • 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750302039

    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55

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  • 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750302040

    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55

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  • 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750302046

    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53

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  • 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58
    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750125008

    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58

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  • 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750302038

    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55

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  • 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 751505031

    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53

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  • 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750125007

    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55

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  • 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750302047

    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53

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  • 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58
    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 502893165

    1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU58

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  • 1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU55
    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 173210020

    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU55

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  • 1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU50
    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU50
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750302048

    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU50

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  • 1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750302053

    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53

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  • 1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU50
    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU50
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750302049

    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU50

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  • 1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750302054

    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53

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  • 1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU50
    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU50
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750302050

    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU50

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  • 1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750302055

    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU53

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  • 1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750125011

    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55

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  • 1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU50
    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU50
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 750302051

    1879-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU50

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$20 Liberty Double Eagle

A result of the California gold rush, the gold $20 Liberty Eagle coin is by far the largest circulating gold coin in American history. Since the U.S. Treasury was receiving so much gold from California, they needed to mint larger coins to use the metals they had on hand, which Congress authorized in 1849.

The Liberty Eagle ranges in dates from 1850-1907 and contain .9657 troy ounces of gold.

The Liberty Head design was the work of Chief Mint Engraver James Barton Longacre and it is found in three distinct types.

  • The Type 1 (No Motto) was minted 1850–1866, with many high-grade examples coming from San Francisco Mint specimens that were lost in shipwrecks for over 100 years. Thousands, for example, sunk with the SS Central America, a ship loaded with more than two tons of gold dust, nuggets, coins, and ingots from the California Gold Rush. The loss of Central America’s treasure was so severe that it set off the Panic of 1857. Over a century later, treasure hunters recovered the precious cargo, including thousands of beautiful, glittering Type 1 double eagles.
  • The Type 2 double eagle, minted 1866–1876, was the first double eagle to bear the words “In God We Trust”. The addition required slight modifications to the design, and in that process, small changes were also made to the eagle and shield. Type 2 double eagles are primarily sought by type collectors, with mint-condition Carson City double eagles being a standout rarity.
  • The Type 3 double eagle was minted 1877–1907 and features alterations to the “In God We Trust” motto and the Liberty Head, as well as a lengthening of “Twenty D.” to “Twenty Dollars”. In 1891, gold was discovered in Cripple Creek, Colorado, and the Denver Mint was established. About 12 Type 3 double eagle proofs were struck there, and one sold in 2010 for over half a million dollars.

As Longacre worked on the coin, he was under constant assault by the duplicitous Chief Coiner Franklin Peale. Peale had a scheme running, in which he used Mint property to mint and sell medals for his own profit. The scheme would eventually be Peale’s downfall a few years later, but in 1849, Peale’s medal-making was still in full swing. Peale worried that Longacre’s efforts would interfere with his medal-making, so he delayed Longacre’s design work for as long as possible.

Longacre persevered through three separate designs, and eventually his double eagle was produced. The obverse featured a Greco-Roman Liberty head with her hair pulled back and a diadem resting lightly on her head. The reverse shows the Great Seal of the United States and an eagle holding a shield that represents America. The eagle also holds a double ribbon, symbolic of the coin’s denomination.

The double eagle was an immediate success and remained so for decades to come, until President Franklin D. Roosevelt criminalized the private ownership of gold in 1933. Millions of double eagles were then melted down or sent overseas, greatly reducing the current supply.

Buy $20 Liberty Double Eagles from LCR Coin: LCR Coin is a Trusted Authorized PCGS and NGC Dealer. We carry only certified and graded gold Double Eagles by NGC or PCGS. All of our coins are guaranteed authentic and come from reputable sources. Your satisfaction is our priority. We offer Free insured shipping on all orders with no minimums. If we don't have the coin you are looking for, please feel free to call us at 800-830-5578 or you may email us at info@lcrcoin.com.  Each rare coin on our website catalog is of the actual coin you will receive. We have provided a link to each coins certification so that you may view the coins minmark, population and grading service certification. Learn more by contacting us directly.

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