The Liberty Gold Double Eagle Coin was the first of its kind in the United States. When the US Mint released these coins in 1850, it marked the first-ever striking of a gold coin with a $20 (USD) face value. Right now, you can purchase a Pre-33 $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle Coin from Wall Street Metals with BU grade.
- Struck from 1850 to 1907.
- Contains .9675 Troy oz of actual gold content.
- Bears a face value of $20 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Obverse features the Liberty portrait.
- Reverse includes the Great Seal of the United States of America.
- Designed by James B. Longacre.
These Pre-33 $20 Liberty Gold 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.
James B. Longacre designed the obverse and reverse of the Liberty Gold Double Eagle coin, which was available from 1850 until 1907, when it was 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.
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.