1881 Liberty Head Double Eagle

1881 Liberty Head Double Eagle
1881 Liberty Head Double Eagle Value

Coin Info

Melt Value
$1,377.28
Country
United States
Type
Gold Coin
Metal Content
0.96750 t oz
Face Value
$20 USD
Mintage
729,260
Issuing Mint
U.S. Mint
Year Issued
1881

1881 Liberty Head double eagles are very scarce, as less than 730,000 pieces were made, with the vast majority of those coming from the San Francisco mint. Just two mints struck double eagles in 1880: the Philadelphia and San Francisco mints, which is quite a change from the situation just two years earlier, when in 1879 four mints (Philadelphia, Carson City, New Orleans, and San Francisco) were involved in striking $20 Liberty Head gold coins. While double eagles were primarily used in the West, they did see moderate degrees of circulation in the cities along the eastern seaboard. Remember, however, that $20 was a lot of money in the 1880s, and therefore double eagles were mainly used during large transactions, quite often those that were banking related.

Here is a breakdown of the mintages and values of 1881 double eagle gold coins:

  • 1881, 2,199; $21,000

  • 1881-S, 727,000; $1,550

  • 1881 proof, 61; $250,000

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

1881 $20 double eagle gold coins weigh 33.44 grams, contain 0.9613 ounces of gold, and measure 34 millimeters wide. The Liberty Head $20 gold coin’s heavy weight and large size help ensure their popularity among both numismatists and bullion investors alike.

Chief Engraver of the United States Mint James B. Longacre originally designed the Liberty Head double eagle in 1849. In addition to 1881 Liberty Head gold double eagle coins, he also designed several other popular coins, including the Indian Head penny and 2 Cent coin.



1881 Liberty Head Double Eagle Past Sales & Prices

Certified US Gold $20 Liberty 1881-S AU58 NGC
Sale Price: $1,765.50
Date Sold: January 09, 2016
Certified US Gold $20 Liberty 1881-S AU58 NGC
Scarce Mint State 1881-S $20 Gold Liberty Graded NGC MS60
Sale Price: $1,815.95
Date Sold: November 24, 2015
Scarce Mint State 1881-S $20 Gold Liberty Graded NGC MS60
1881 S $20 Liberty Head Gold Double Eagle - NGC AU 58
Sale Price: $1,470.00
Date Sold: March 13, 2015
1881 S $20 Liberty Head Gold Double Eagle - NGC AU 58
1881-S PCGS AU58 $20 U.S. Double Eagle
Sale Price: $1,875.00
Date Sold: March 01, 2015
1881-S PCGS AU58 $20 U.S. Double Eagle

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