1856 Liberty Head Double Eagle

1856 Liberty Head Double Eagle
1856 Liberty Head Double Eagle Value

Coin Info

Melt Value
$1,367.94
Country
United States
Type
Gold Coin
Metal Content
0.96750 t oz
Face Value
$20 USD
Mintage
1,521,878
Issuing Mint
U.S. Mint
Year Issued
1856

1856 Liberty Head double eagles are uncommon vessels from past times, when the Gold Rush was on and the nation had yet to be divided by the Civil War. More than 1.5 million double eagles were minted in 1856, but most have since been melted down, making them truly scarce across the board.

Old double eagles have appeal for coin collectors and bullion investors on various levels. For one, they’re large, heavy coins with a weight of 33.44 grams and a gold content of 0.9613 ounces, making them among the heaviest regularly circulating gold coins ever made in the United States. They are also commonly associated with the Gold Rush era. In fact, the first double eagle was struck in 1849 – the year things really heated up for gold panners in California.

Here’s a rundown of the various 1856 $20 gold coin issues:

  • 1856, 329,878; $2,225

  • 1856-O, 2,250; $275,000

  • 1856-S, 1,189,750; $2,475

*Values are for coins in a grade of Extremely Fine 40.

The 1856-O is extraordinarily rare. The low mintage of 2,250 looks incredibly large as compared to the number of 1856-O $20 gold coins believed to exist today – a number that ranges between 10 and 20 pieces. Surely, on the rare occasion that one of the few 1856-O double eagle coins comes to auction, bidding is quite spirited.



1856 Liberty Head Double Eagle Past Sales & Prices

1856 S $20 Gold Coin - NGC AU 55 #0347
Sale Price: $2,850.00
Date Sold: January 18, 2016
1856 S $20 Gold Coin - NGC AU 55 #0347
1856 $20 PCGS AU 50 GOld Double Eagle- Extremely PQ
Sale Price: $3,500.00
Date Sold: December 28, 2015
1856 $20 PCGS AU 50 GOld Double Eagle- Extremely PQ
1856-S $20 NGC AU58 - Scarce Type 1 Double Eagle - Scarce Type 1 Double Eagle
Sale Price: $3,582.00
Date Sold: December 19, 2015
1856-S $20 NGC AU58 - Scarce Type 1 Double Eagle - Scarce Type 1 Double Eagle
1856-S LIBERTY GOLD $20 PCGS GENUINE UNC DETAILS
Sale Price: $2,617.00
Date Sold: December 14, 2015
1856-S LIBERTY GOLD $20 PCGS GENUINE UNC DETAILS
1856-S $20 Gold Liberty PCGS AU55 * Type 1 * No Motto $20 * #32837593
Sale Price: $2,995.00
Date Sold: December 05, 2015
1856-S $20 Gold Liberty PCGS AU55 * Type 1 * No Motto $20 * #32837593
1856-S $20 Gold Liberty NGC XF45 *hucky*
Sale Price: $1,940.07
Date Sold: November 22, 2015
1856-S $20 Gold Liberty NGC XF45 *hucky*
1856-S $20 Gold Coin NGC AU55
Sale Price: $3,966.00
Date Sold: November 16, 2015
1856-S $20 Gold Coin NGC AU55
1856-S United States $20 GOLD Liberty Double Eagle NGC XF 45 Type 1
Sale Price: $2,025.00
Date Sold: November 10, 2015
1856-S United States $20 GOLD Liberty Double Eagle NGC XF 45 Type 1
1856-S $20 Gold Liberty - Double Eagle AU55 PCGS
Sale Price: $3,500.00
Date Sold: October 24, 2015
1856-S $20 Gold Liberty - Double Eagle AU55 PCGS
1856-S $20 Gold Liberty - Double Eagle MS61 PCGS
Sale Price: $6,500.00
Date Sold: October 23, 2015
1856-S $20 Gold Liberty - Double Eagle MS61 PCGS
1856-S $20 LIBERTY HEAD DOUBLE EAGLE PCGS VF35
Sale Price: $2,090.00
Date Sold: September 10, 2015
1856-S $20 LIBERTY HEAD DOUBLE EAGLE PCGS VF35
1856-S $20 Gold Liberty PCGS AU 50
Sale Price: $2,343.84
Date Sold: August 02, 2015
1856-S $20 Gold Liberty PCGS AU 50
1856-S $20 Gold Liberty AU55 NGC
Sale Price: $3,500.00
Date Sold: July 28, 2015
1856-S $20 Gold Liberty AU55 NGC
1856-S $20 GOLD LIBERTY SSCA 17J SPLIT SERIF AU-55 PCGS SELECT CHOICE EXAMPLE
Sale Price: $6,475.00
Date Sold: July 27, 2015
1856-S $20 GOLD LIBERTY SSCA 17J SPLIT SERIF AU-55 PCGS SELECT CHOICE EXAMPLE

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