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Liberty Head (1849 - 1907)

This largest denomination of all regular United States issues was authorized to be coined by the Act of March 3, 1849. Its weight was 516 grains, .900 fine. The 1849 double eagle is a unique pattern and reposes in the Smithsonian. The 1861 reverse design by Anthony C. Paquet was withdrawn soon after being struck. Very few pieces are known.

Liberty Head (1849 - 1907)
1849 - 1866 | 1866 - 1876 | 1877 - 1907

Without Motto on Reverse (1849 - 1866)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1849 - 1866
    Designer: James B. Longacre
    Weight: 33.436 grams
    Diameter:34 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.9000 gold, 0.1000 copper
    Edge: reeded
    Metal Oz: 0.96750
    Melt Value (gold): $1264.91

Motto above Eagle, Value TWENTY D. (1866 - 1876)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1866 - 1876
    Designer: James B. Longacre
    Weight: 33.436 grams
    Diameter:34 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.9000 gold, 0.1000 copper
    Edge: reeded
    Metal Oz: 0.96750
    Melt Value (gold): $1264.91

Value TWENTY DOLLARS (1877 - 1907)

Coin Attributes

  • Design Years: 1877 - 1907
    Designer: James B. Longacre
    Weight: 33.436 grams
    Diameter:34 mm
    Composition:
    • 0.9000 gold, 0.1000 copper
    Edge: reeded
    Metal Oz: 0.96750
    Melt Value (gold): $1264.91
Grade Price Guide
Circ|MS|PF
  • Description
  • Mintage
  • F-12 Fine. Fine.
  • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine. LIBERTY on crown bold; prongs on crown defined; lower half worn flat. Hair worn about ear.
  • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine. Trace of wear on rounded prongs of crown and down hair curls. Minor bagmarks.
  • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated. Trace of wear on hair over eye and on coronet.
  • AU-55 Choice About Uncirculated. Choice About Uncirculated. Evidence of friction on design high points. Some of original mint luster present.
  • AU-58 Choice AU. Choice AU.
  • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated. No trace of wear. Light blemishes.
  • MS-62 Choice Unc.. Choice Unc..
  • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired luster possible.
  • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
  • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
  • PF-60 PF-60. PF-60.
  • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof. Reflective surfaces with only a few blemishes in secondary focal areas. No major flaws.
  • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
  • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
  • 1850

    1850

    Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1850
    Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1850
  • 1,170,261
  • 1851

    1851

    Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1851
    Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1851
  • 2,087,155
  • 1852
  • 2,053,026
    • 1852O

      1852O

      Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1852O
      Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1852O
      Mintmark is below eagle.
    • 190,000
    • 1853
    • 1,261,326
      • 1854
      • 757,899
        • 1857
        • 439,375
          • 1859
          • 636,445
            • 1861

              1861

              Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1861
              Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1861
            • 2,976,453
            • 1861S

              1861S

              Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1861S
              1861-S, Normal Reverse
            • 768,000
            • Description
            • Mintage
            • F-12 Fine. Fine.
            • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine. LIBERTY on crown bold; prongs on crown defined; lower half worn flat. Hair worn about ear.
            • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine. Trace of wear on rounded prongs of crown and down hair curls. Minor bagmarks.
            • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated. Trace of wear on hair over eye and on coronet.
            • AU-55 Choice About Uncirculated. Choice About Uncirculated. Evidence of friction on design high points. Some of original mint luster present.
            • AU-58 Choice AU. Choice AU.
            • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated. No trace of wear. Light blemishes.
            • MS-62 Choice Unc.. Choice Unc..
            • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired luster possible.
            • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
            • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
            • PF-60 PF-60. PF-60.
            • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof. Reflective surfaces with only a few blemishes in secondary focal areas. No major flaws.
            • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
            • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
            • 1866
            • 698,745
              • 1866S
              • 842,250
                • 1871
                • 928,000
                  • 1873
                  • 1,709,825
                    • 1873S
                    • 1,040,600
                      • Description
                      • Mintage
                      • F-12 Fine. Fine.
                      • VF-20 Very Fine. Very Fine. LIBERTY on crown bold; prongs on crown defined; lower half worn flat. Hair worn about ear.
                      • EF-40 Extremely Fine. Extremely Fine. Trace of wear on rounded prongs of crown and down hair curls. Minor bagmarks.
                      • AU-50 About Uncirculated. About Uncirculated. Trace of wear on hair over eye and on coronet.
                      • AU-55 Choice About Uncirculated. Choice About Uncirculated. Evidence of friction on design high points. Some of original mint luster present.
                      • AU-58 Choice AU. Choice AU.
                      • MS-60 Uncirculated. Uncirculated. No trace of wear. Light blemishes.
                      • MS-62 Choice Unc.. Choice Unc..
                      • MS-63 Choice Uncirculated. Choice Uncirculated. Some distracting contact marks or blemishes in prime focal areas. Impaired luster possible.
                      • MS-64 Very Choice Unc.. Very Choice Unc..
                      • MS-65 Gem Uncirculated. Gem Uncirculated.
                      • PF-60 PF-60. PF-60.
                      • PF-63 Choice Proof. Choice Proof. Reflective surfaces with only a few blemishes in secondary focal areas. No major flaws.
                      • PF-64 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                      • PF-65 Gem Proof. Gem Proof.
                      • 1879
                      • 207,600
                        • 1883
                        • 1,189,000
                          • 1888
                          • 226,161
                            • 1894

                              1894

                              Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1894
                              Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1894
                            • 1,368,940
                            • 1895

                              1895

                              Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1895
                              Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1895
                            • 1,114,605
                            • 1896
                            • 792,535
                              • 1897

                                1897

                                Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1897
                                Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1897
                              • 1,383,175
                              • 1899

                                1899

                                Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1899
                                Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1899
                              • 1,669,300
                              • 1900

                                1900

                                Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1900
                                Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1900
                              • 1,874,460
                              • 1904

                                1904

                                Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1904
                                Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1904
                              • 6,256,699
                              • 1907

                                1907

                                Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1907
                                Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1907
                              • 1,451,786
                              • Description
                              • Mintage
                              • F-12
                              • VF-20
                              • EF-40
                              • AU-50
                              • AU-55
                              • AU-58
                              • MS-60
                              • MS-62
                              • MS-63
                              • MS-64
                              • MS-65
                              • PF-60
                              • PF-63
                              • PF-64
                              • PF-65
                              • 1850

                                1850

                                Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1850
                                Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1850
                              • 1,170,261
                              • 1851

                                1851

                                Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1851
                                Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1851
                              • 2,087,155
                              • 1852
                              • 2,053,026
                                • 1852O

                                  1852O

                                  Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1852O
                                  Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1852O
                                  Mintmark is below eagle.
                                • 190,000
                                • 1853
                                • 1,261,326
                                  • 1854
                                  • 757,899
                                    • 1857
                                    • 439,375
                                      • 1859
                                      • 636,445
                                        • 1861

                                          1861

                                          Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1861
                                          Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1861
                                        • 2,976,453
                                        • 1861S

                                          1861S

                                          Double Eagles Liberty Head (1849 - 1907) 1861S
                                          1861-S, Normal Reverse
                                        • 768,000
                                        • 1866
                                        • 698,745
                                          • 1866S
                                          • 842,250
                                            • 1871
                                            • 928,000
                                              • 1873
                                              • 1,709,825
                                                • 1873S
                                                • 1,040,600
                                                  • 1879
                                                  • 207,600
                                                    • 1883
                                                    • 1,189,000
                                                      • 1888
                                                      • 226,161