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$20 Liberty Head

Pre 1907 Twenty Dollar


$20 Liberty Head Design Specifications

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Very Fine
Very Fine condition (loose)
James B. Longacre
Gross Weight
33.436 g (1.0750 troy oz)
Gold Content
0.9675 troy oz (30.0933 g)
90% gold (21.6 karat), 10% copper
34 mm
Dates of Mints
Carson City: (1870-1879; 1882-1885; 1889-1893) Denver: (1906-1907) New Orleans: (1850-1861; 1879) Philadelphia: (All dates) San Francisco: (1854-1885; 1887-1907)

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$20 Liberties are one of the best ways to own gold! They are regarded for their performance over gold bullion, their non-reportability and privacy as weill as their immunity from gold confiscation. To read more about the advantages of owning Liberty gold coins click here.

Extra Leverage to Precious Metals Market

Owing to their weight, comparatively moderate price, few existing numbers, and global popularity, pre-1907 U.S. $20 Liberty gold coins are much desired by knowledgeable gold buyers seeking extra leverage to the precious metals market. These rare and historic gold coins offer full financial confidentiality. The graded $20 gold coin market presents a great chance for those desiring to expand the risk-to-reward factor in their gold portfolio.

Because of their real scarcity and continued appetite by eager collectors, $20 Liberty coins can rapidly outshine gold bullion in a rising gold market; and there have been occasions when these gold coins have gone up considerably while bullion gold has fallen in value, or experienced no change in price.

Better Values On Rare Coin Market

Currently, some of the uncirculated pre-1900 $20 Liberty gold coins in Mint State-62 condition can be obtained for a modest cost over the common dated coins, causing them to be one of today’s superior values on the rare coin market. The subsequent mint dates are some of the rarest, as well as noteworthy in value: 1854-O, 1855-O, 1856-O, 1870-CC, 1882, 1883, 1884, and 1887 (Proof-only issues), 1886, and 1891.

Prior to 1849, the largest gold coin issued by the U.S. Government was the $10 “Eagle,” first minted in 1795. The first established production $20 Liberty gold coin was issued in January 1850. Since it was two times the size of the U.S. $10 gold “Eagle,” when the  $20 Liberty gold coin was first issued it was referred to as the “Double Eagle.” The $20 Liberty (Double Eagle) was also known to as a $20 Coronet. This gold piece was used as legal tender and remained in production until 1907, when the United States Mint began releasing the U.S. $20 Saint-Gaudens gold coin piece.

James B. Longacre designed the $20 Liberty with the obverse side featuring Lady Liberty donning a crown inscribed with the word “LIBERTY” on the coronet. The elegant image of Lady Liberty is decorated with 13 stars curved around her head. These stars represent the original 13 colonies. The reverse side of the gold coin also displays 13 stars, an eagle with a shield, and the words “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” displayed in arch-like form, encircling the eagle and shield.

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Congress Authorizes US Mint to Create One Ounce $20 Gold Liberty

Due to the California Gold Rush of 1848 and the huge amount of gold extracted from Sutter’s Mill, gold streamed into the Philadelphia Mint in amazing amounts. This motivated Congress, under the Act of March 3, 1849, to authorize the U.S. Mint to produce the one-ounce $20 gold Liberty. Minting of the regular issue $20 Liberty gold coin began in 1850. At minimum two of these splendid gold coins were struck in December 1849; one of the two is now permanently housed in the Smithsonian.

The $20 Liberty gold piece was issued at five separate mints until the end of its production history: Philadelphia, San Francisco, Denver, Carson City, and New Orleans. At the time of the  $20 Liberty’s issue, the price of gold was $20.67 per ounce. Gold content of the Double Eagle was set at .9675 per ounce, equaling its $20 value in gold weight.

Foundation for US Economy and Financial Markets

The newly minted $20 gold coin wasn’t used to a great degree in every day dealings. Before the days of paper money, $20 was thought to be a considerable amount of money. This resulted in making the Liberty gold coin the most used coin for bank transactions or debt payment to foreign accounts. Becoming one of the underpinnings of the young U.S. economy as well as financial markets in the 19th century, the $20 gold coin supplied much of the nation’s early flourishing economy.

The $20 Liberty gold coin was minted with three small design changes, each representing its own time and space in history and designated by Type. Design Type and minting dates were as follows: Type I: minted 1850-1866, Type II: minted 1866-1876, and Type III: minted 1877-1907.

Type I (Liberty $20 Gold Coin)

The minting of Type I Liberty coins began in Philadelphia and New Orleans during 1850. San Francisco issues began in 1854, the same year the California mint initiated its first coin production. In the spring of 1861, the Confederacy seized the New Orleans mint. Even though this decided the end of issuing the $20 Liberty Gold coin in New Orleans from 1862-1878, the New Orleans Mint was able to strike $20 Double Eagles for the U.S. government for the first half of 1861. In the latter part of 1861, the Mint remained in production of $20 Double Eagles with consent of the Confederacy as well as the government of Louisiana. Unfortunately, these coins were all minted with the same dies. As a result, there is no known means to distinguish which coin was produced for which governing authority during that time. The mint at New Orleans did strike the $20 Liberty also in 1879 (See Type III). The Type I $20 Liberty was minted without the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “TWENTY DOLLARS” was shown as “TWENTY D” on the obverse side of this coin.

Type II (Liberty $20 Gold Coin)

Type II coins were issued in 1866. This change to the coin design was eventually known as the “With Motto” version. Type II Double Eagles were minted from 1866 to 1876 at both the mints at Philadelphia and San Francisco. In 1870, the newly commissioned Carson City mint issued Type II $20 Liberty coins. An additional Type II design modification concerned altering the shield on the obverse side from a straight form into the more curvy “rococo” style which was popular that time. Here again, “TWENTY DOLLARS” was displayed as “TWENTY D” on the obverse side of the coin.

Type III (Liberty $20 Gold Coin)

In the year 1877, the denomination on this coin’s design was updated to read “TWENTY DOLLARS” rather than “TWENTY D.” Type III Double Eagles were struck in Carson City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. In addition they were also minted at the Denver mint in 1906 and 1907. In contrast to the other mints, the New Orleans mint restricted the issue of Type III $20 Liberty coins to one year-1879. Although the New Orleans mint continued to strike other denominations of gold and silver between 1879 and 1909, it only produced 2,325 $20 Liberty gold coins; all of which were struck during 1879.

*Figure is from Coin Dealer Newsletter historic Greysheet Bids 1980-2008/2009

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