1861 Liberty Head Double Eagle

1861 Liberty Head Double Eagle
1861 Liberty Head Double Eagle Value

Coin Info

Melt Value
$1,234.08
Country
United States
Type
Gold Coin
Metal Content
0.96750 t oz
Face Value
$20 USD
Mintage
3,762,260
Issuing Mint
U.S. Mint
Year Issued
1861

1861 Liberty Head double eagle $20 gold coins represent the earliest year that total mintages approached 4 million across the three mints issuing the denomination at the time. Interestingly, there were two reverse designs produced that year: the original design by James B. Longacre and a second one by Anthony C. Paquet. The Paquet design largely retains many elements of Longacre’s work, but the letters on the reverse are taller and a few other minor details, such as placement of the 13 stars, differ from the regular reverse.

The Paquet reverse did not survive long and was withdrawn in favor of Longacre’s original reverse. There are two known specimens of the 1861 Paquet design, one of which sold in 1988 for $660,000. There are a few 1861-S issues extant, and these sell for more than $55,000 in a grade of Extremely Fine 40.

The mintages and values below correspond to regular (Longacre) reverse 1861 double eagle $20 gold coins:

  • 1861, 2,976,453; $2,325

  • 1861-O, 17,741; $21,000

  • 1861-S, 768,000; $2,575

  • 1861 proof, 66; $275,000

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

As is the case with virtually all pre-1933 U.S. gold coins, 1861 gold double eagles are much scarcer than the mintage figures above would suggest. For extra protection, if you decide to pursue buying 1861 gold double eagles, be sure they are in certified slabs from a reputable third-party coin grading firms.



1861 Liberty Head Double Eagle Past Sales & Prices

NGC AU55 1861 Gold $20 Double Eagle Civil War Date Coin Older Holder
Sale Price: $2,293.00
Date Sold: January 18, 2016
NGC AU55 1861 Gold $20 Double Eagle Civil War Date Coin Older Holder
1861 $20 Gold American Double Eagle Liberty Head NGC XF45 Graded Twenty D. Coin
Sale Price: $1,862.05
Date Sold: December 27, 2015
1861 $20 Gold American Double Eagle Liberty Head NGC XF45 Graded Twenty D. Coin
PCGS MS62 1861 $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle: Only 53 Graded Finer!!
Sale Price: $10,000.00
Date Sold: December 24, 2015
PCGS MS62 1861 $20 Gold Liberty Double Eagle: Only 53 Graded Finer!!
1861 $20 Gold Liberty NGC XF40 * Civil War Date * #3893651-001
Sale Price: $1,995.00
Date Sold: December 14, 2015
1861 $20 Gold Liberty NGC XF40 * Civil War Date * #3893651-001
1861 LIBERTY GOLD $20 PCGS GENUINE UNC DETAILS
Sale Price: $1,952.00
Date Sold: December 14, 2015
1861 LIBERTY GOLD $20 PCGS GENUINE UNC DETAILS
Certified US Gold $20 Liberty 1861 AU50 ANACS
Sale Price: $2,250.00
Date Sold: December 07, 2015
Certified US Gold $20 Liberty 1861 AU50 ANACS
Certified US Gold $20 Liberty 1861 AU55 NGC
Sale Price: $3,050.00
Date Sold: November 29, 2015
Certified US Gold $20 Liberty 1861 AU55 NGC
US 1861 $20 Liberty Gold coin, certified NGC XF45, early civil war date
Sale Price: $1,600.00
Date Sold: November 23, 2015
US 1861 $20 Liberty Gold coin, certified NGC XF45, early civil war date
1861 Gold $20 Liberty Head Double Eagle No Motto NGC AU 55 Some Original Lustre
Sale Price: $3,300.00
Date Sold: November 13, 2015
1861 Gold $20 Liberty Head Double Eagle No Motto NGC AU 55 Some Original Lustre
1861-S Liberty Head Double Eagle Gold $20 XF 40 NGC Civil War Date
Sale Price: $2,350.00
Date Sold: November 04, 2015
1861-S Liberty Head Double Eagle Gold $20 XF 40 NGC Civil War Date
1861 S Double Eagle $20 Gold PCGS AU DETAILS Lustrous Scarce This Nice Type 1
Sale Price: $1,975.00
Date Sold: November 01, 2015
1861 S Double Eagle $20 Gold PCGS AU DETAILS Lustrous Scarce This Nice Type 1
1861 S $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin NGC MS 60
Sale Price: $12,900.00
Date Sold: October 08, 2015
1861 S $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin NGC MS 60
> 1861 < $20 LIBERTY HEAD Double Eagle Gold Coin >> NGC AU 53
Sale Price: $2,222.00
Date Sold: September 27, 2015
> 1861 < $20 LIBERTY HEAD Double Eagle Gold Coin >> NGC AU 53
1861-S $20 NGC/CAC AU58 - Scarce Early Double Eagle - Scarce Early Double Eagle
Sale Price: $6,800.00
Date Sold: September 19, 2015
1861-S $20 NGC/CAC AU58 - Scarce Early Double Eagle - Scarce Early Double Eagle
1861 Gold Double Eagle Coin Civil War Date NGC AU DETAILS
Sale Price: $1,482.00
Date Sold: September 19, 2015
1861 Gold Double Eagle Coin Civil War Date NGC AU DETAILS
US 1861 $20 Liberty Gold coin, certified NGC XF45, early civil war date
Sale Price: $1,932.00
Date Sold: September 06, 2015
US 1861 $20 Liberty Gold coin, certified NGC XF45, early civil war date
1861-S $20 NGC VF30 - Scarce Early Double Eagle - Scarce Early Double Eagle
Sale Price: $2,108.75
Date Sold: August 07, 2015
1861-S $20 NGC VF30 - Scarce Early Double Eagle - Scarce Early Double Eagle
1861-S $20 Gold Coin - XF Details NGC - Free Shipping - Civil War Era
Sale Price: $1,799.00
Date Sold: July 27, 2015
1861-S $20 Gold Coin - XF Details NGC - Free Shipping - Civil War Era

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