1859 Liberty Head Double Eagle

1859 Liberty Head Double Eagle
1859 Liberty Head Double Eagle Value

Coin Info

Melt Value
$1,377.76
Country
United States
Type
Gold Coin
Metal Content
0.96750 t oz
Face Value
$20 USD
Mintage
689,222
Issuing Mint
U.S. Mint
Year Issued
1859

1859 Liberty Head double eagles $20 gold coins are quite scarce, as less than 700,000 were made across the three minting facilities striking these coins during that year, which include the Philadelphia, New Orleans, and San Francisco mints. As was typical for gold coins made during that era, the San Francisco mint struck the largest share of that year’s double eagle output, followed by Philadelphia and New Orleans.

Here’s a rundown of the mintages and values of 1859 $20 gold double eagles:

  • 1859, 43,597; $2,450

  • 1859-O, 9,100; $18,500

  • 1859-S, 636,445; $2,225

  • 1859 proof, 80; $280,000

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

1859 $20 double eagles weigh 33.44 grams and contain 0.9613 ounces of gold. They’re also 34 millimeters wide, which places their diameter roughly between the size of a modern-day half dollar and silver dollar. The double eagle’s heavy weight and large size make them very popular among coin collectors and investors alike.

1859 Liberty Head double eagles were designed by James B. Longacre, who also engraved dies for many other popular coins from the era, including the Indian Head penny and 2 Cent coins. He served as the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint between 1844 and 1869.



1859 Liberty Head Double Eagle Past Sales & Prices

1859-S Ty-1 GOLD Liberty Head Double Eagle $20 Coin NGC VF Details / Repaired
Sale Price: $1,500.00
Date Sold: November 23, 2015
1859-S Ty-1 GOLD Liberty Head Double Eagle $20 Coin NGC VF Details / Repaired
1859-S $20 Gold Coin PCGS AU50
Sale Price: $2,663.00
Date Sold: November 20, 2015
1859-S $20 Gold Coin PCGS AU50
1859-S $20 Gold Coin NGC AU50
Sale Price: $3,605.00
Date Sold: November 16, 2015
1859-S $20 Gold Coin NGC AU50
1859 $20 Gold Coin - Type 1 - AU Details NGC - Free Shipping
Sale Price: $6,399.00
Date Sold: September 20, 2015
1859 $20 Gold Coin - Type 1 - AU Details NGC - Free Shipping
1859-S $20 NGC AU DETS LT CLEANING LIBERTY VERY RARE DOUBLE EAGLE MINT LUSTER!!!
Sale Price: $2,000.00
Date Sold: September 15, 2015
1859-S $20 NGC AU DETS LT CLEANING LIBERTY VERY RARE DOUBLE EAGLE MINT LUSTER!!!
1859-S $20.00 Liberty Head Gold Double Eagle PCGS Genuine TYPE ONE!!AU details.
Sale Price: $1,926.00
Date Sold: September 03, 2015
1859-S $20.00 Liberty Head Gold Double Eagle PCGS Genuine TYPE ONE!!AU details.
1859 S $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle AU-50 NGC
Sale Price: $2,400.00
Date Sold: July 31, 2015
1859 S $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle AU-50 NGC

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