1851 Liberty Head Double Eagle

1851 Liberty Head Double Eagle
1851 Liberty Head Double Eagle Value

Coin Info

Melt Value
$1,378.30
Country
United States
Type
Gold Coin
Metal Content
0.96750 t oz
Face Value
$20 USD
Mintage
2,402,155
Issuing Mint
U.S. Mint
Year Issued
1851

1851 Liberty Head double eagle $20 gold coins were struck to the tune of more than 2.4 million pieces between the Philadelphia and New Orleans mints. One would think that with a relatively hefty mintage in the millions that these coins would be fairly common. However, early Liberty Head double eagles are actually quite scarce. Bear in mind, much of the value for gold coins, including double eagles, owes to the intrinsic bullion value. However, scarce pre-1933 gold coins have a huge numismatic premium, and that’s the case with these 1851 $20 gold double eagle coins.

What follows is a rundown on the mintages and values of both 1851 double eagle issues: 

  • 1851, 2,087,155; $2,250

  • 1851-O, 315,000; $4,200

*Values are for coins grading Extremely Fine 40.

$20 double eagles weigh 33.44 grams and contain 0.9613 ounces of gold, which amounts to a gold content of 90 percent. Double eagles are 34 millimeters in diameter, which, all told, makes for a substantially large and heavy gold coin. In addition to their size, pre-1933 U.S. gold double eagle coins have an historical appeal that attracts both coin collectors and individuals who may not consider themselves numismatists but still enjoy relics such as the 1851 Liberty Head double eagle.



1851 Liberty Head Double Eagle Past Sales & Prices

1851 O $20 Gold Double Eagle - NGC XF 45 - Lustrous - Nice Coin - Ships Free!
Sale Price: $4,261.00
Date Sold: January 22, 2016
1851 O $20 Gold Double Eagle - NGC XF 45 - Lustrous - Nice Coin - Ships Free!
1851-O $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle XF 45 NGC (freshly graded 12/15)
Sale Price: $4,300.00
Date Sold: January 11, 2016
1851-O $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle XF 45 NGC (freshly graded 12/15)
1851 NGC Double Eagle, $20 Gold Liberty, NGC AU 55 ** Very Tough RARE Key Date!
Sale Price: $2,818.51
Date Sold: December 19, 2015
1851 NGC Double Eagle, $20 Gold Liberty, NGC AU 55 ** Very Tough RARE Key Date!
1851 $20 PCGS XF40 - Liberty Double Eagle - Gold Coin
Sale Price: $2,038.75
Date Sold: October 17, 2015
1851 $20 PCGS XF40 - Liberty Double Eagle - Gold Coin
1851 Gold $20 Double Eagle PCGS AU-58 OGH Great Looking Type 1
Sale Price: $4,950.00
Date Sold: October 07, 2015
1851 Gold $20 Double Eagle PCGS AU-58 OGH Great Looking Type 1
1851-O $20 NGC AU50 - Scarce Type 1 Double Eagle - Scarce Type 1 Double Eagle
Sale Price: $7,361.00
Date Sold: August 03, 2015
1851-O $20 NGC AU50 - Scarce Type 1 Double Eagle - Scarce Type 1 Double Eagle
1851 $20 Gold Liberty AU Details NGC
Sale Price: $1,750.00
Date Sold: July 28, 2015
1851 $20 Gold Liberty AU Details NGC

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