1889-S Gold Liberty Head $20 Double Eagle PCGS/NGC MS62
The Gold Liberty Head Double Eagle $20 coin was first minted for circulation in 1850. Prior to the introduction of this coin, the largest denomination issued by the U.S. Mint was the Gold Eagle, at $10 face value. Public demand for larger denominations finally won out with the release of this coin.
Containing .961 troy ounce of .9 fine gold at 34mm diameter, this 1889-S PCGS MS62 $20 Gold Liberty Head Double Eagle is truly an exquisite coin, and a must for those desiring to hold an important piece of U.S. coinage history!
- Contains .961 troy ounce of .9 fine gold.
- Face value 20 Dollars.
- Condition: PCGS MS62.
- Obverse: Left facing head portrait of Lady Liberty is graced by a coronet headband with the inscription “Liberty.”
- Reverse: Displays a fully spread-winged eagle emblazoned with a shield filling the reverse field.
Mintage continued from 1850 through 1907 when the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle replaced the design. Interestingly, there were some pre-release Liberty Head Double Eagles struck with the 1849 mintage. It is reported that only a single coin is believed to have survived the years. That coin is currently displayed at the Smithsonian.
The designer of the Liberty Head Double Eagle was Chief Engraver James B. Longacre. Sometimes referred to as the Coronet Double Eagle, the proud beauty of the left facing head portrait of Lady Liberty is graced by a coronet headband with the inscription “Liberty.” The portrait is encircled by 13 stars, representing the original thirteen States. A heraldic, fully spread-winged eagle emblazoned with a shield fills the reverse field, reminiscent of the U.S. Great Seal. This is truly a beautifully designed coin!