1866 Liberty Head Double Eagle

1866 Liberty Head Double Eagle
1866 Liberty Head Double Eagle Value

Coin Info

Melt Value
$1,443.20
Country
United States
Type
Gold Coin
Metal Content
0.96750 t oz
Face Value
$20 USD
Mintage
1,541,025
Issuing Mint
U.S. Mint
Year Issued
1866

1866 Liberty Head double eagle $20 gold coins were made in large quantity, with about 1 million pieces rolling off the U.S. Mint’s presses that year. A roughly equal share were made at the Philadelphia and San Francisco mints, with a small number coming from the New Orleans mint.

A major change occurred in 1866 concerning the motto IN GOD WE TRUST, which was added on the double eagle later in the year. That means there are two basic varieties of 1866 double eagles – the “without motto” reverse and the “with motto” reverse. The no-motto 1866 double eagles were struck at the San Francisco mint, while both the “S” mint and Philadelphia mint made the “with motto” 1866 double eagles.

Here’s a rundown of the mintages and values for the various 1866 double eagles:

  • 1866 no motto, 698,745; $1,980

  • 1866-S with motto, 842,250; $2,000

  • 1866-S no motto, mintage included above; $11,500

  • 1866 proof, 30; $200,000

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

1866 $20 double eagle gold coins weigh 33.44 grams and contain 0.9613 ounces of gold. Additionally, they are 34 millimeters wide, which means their diameter is about midway between the widths of a modern-day half dollar and silver dollar. The double eagle’s heavy weight and large size make them appealing coins to both numismatists and bullion investors.



1866 Liberty Head Double Eagle Past Sales & Prices

1866-S $20 Motto Gold Liberty Head PCGS AU50
Sale Price: $3,490.00
Date Sold: November 24, 2015
1866-S $20 Motto Gold Liberty Head PCGS AU50
1866-S MOTTO GOLD $20 TWENTY DOLLAR LIBERTY DOUBLE EAGLE PCGS XF40
Sale Price: $1,900.00
Date Sold: July 16, 2015
1866-S MOTTO GOLD $20 TWENTY DOLLAR LIBERTY DOUBLE EAGLE PCGS XF40
1866 S $20 NGC XF40 Motto Double Eagle Gold Coin, Very nice example
Sale Price: $1,942.00
Date Sold: May 09, 2015
1866 S $20 NGC XF40 Motto Double Eagle Gold Coin, Very nice example
1866 MOTTO $20. GOLD LIBERTY COIN - NGC AU55 - SUPER RARE IN THIS GRADE $1.00 NR
Sale Price: $3,766.00
Date Sold: April 30, 2015
1866 MOTTO $20. GOLD LIBERTY COIN - NGC AU55 - SUPER RARE IN THIS GRADE $1.00 NR
1866 Motto $20 Liberty Head Gold Double Eagle NGC AU55
Sale Price: $3,800.00
Date Sold: April 28, 2015
1866 Motto $20 Liberty Head Gold Double Eagle NGC AU55
1866-S $20 Gold Liberty No Motto AU50 NGC
Sale Price: $32,500.00
Date Sold: January 09, 2015
1866-S $20 Gold Liberty No Motto AU50 NGC
1866-S $20. Double Eagle AU55 PCGS
Sale Price: $16,100.00
Date Sold: December 28, 2014
1866-S $20. Double Eagle AU55 PCGS

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