What is the Pre-1938 $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle?

The Pre-1933 $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle was first minted in 1850 by the US Mint. The coin was not the first coin with a $20 face value to be released, yet it is incredibly popular with collectors and the most valuable piece of currency of the era. The coin is composed of .9675 troy oz of 90.0% pure gold. With its brilliantly struck image and valuable metal makeup, this coin is a great investment for those looking to add to their investment portfolio. It’s also great for IRA contributions. In recent years the coin has become popular for its historic value. The $20 Liberty Double Eagle was produced before the cessation of gold currency in the US. It was actually FDR that took America off the gold standard on April 20, 1933. Some people find the fact that this coin was minted while we were still on the gold standard especially appealing and look to invest in the $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle for that reason.

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Coin Highlights:

  • The total gold content of this coin is .9675 troy oz
  • There is a 90% or .900 gold purity on the coin
  • It was produced by the US Mint with a face value of $20 (USD) 
  • The coin features the stylized and iconic artwork of engraver John B. Longacre
  • These coins have been incredibly preserved over the years; these coins available in XF or Extremely Fine condition
  • When you purchase an individual coin, it is shipped in a separate plastic sleeve; if you purchase multiple coins, you will get multiple sleeves
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What is the design on the $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle?

The $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle is known for its stylish and iconic artwork, which was inspired by the beauty and grace of the Greco-Roman times. The coin was designed by John B. Longacre, an American artist and engraver. Longacre began as an artist and soon decided to specialize in engraving. He apprenticed at the Philadelphia Mint. His work with the mint is how he became famous and how people still know his name to this day.



On the coin’s front is the iconic Crowned Liberty portrait. On it, the beautiful Lady Liberty wears an inscribed tiara. This portrait is so well known and well loved that it has earned alternative titles, like “Liberty Head Double Eagle” and “Coronet Double Eagle.” The image on the coin is considered by many to be a breathtaking piece of art. The Lady is portrayed beautifully as her face is encircled by a series of stars, which are meant as tribute to the original 13 colonies. Simply by looking at the coin you can see Longacre’s inspirations. His artwork pays special tribute to ancient Greco-Roman currency and the royal effigies inscribed on their coinage long, long ago.


On the reverse is the US’ Great Seal. The Great Seal is an emblem of American patriotism and honor as it depicts a strong American eagle holding a shield, branch of olives, and a bundle of arrows. All are symbols of peace, prosperity and the American way. This coin’s reverse has been revised over the years. All in all, there are three different versions in existence. Here they are: 

  • The original 
  • Type II 
  • Type III

Type II involves the following inscription, which was added: “In God We Trust”

Type III involves the word, “Dollar,” which is typed out completely

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Can I sell my Pre-1933 $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle?

Yes. Liberty Gold Double Eagles from this period are very valuable – especially now as more people look into gold as an investment. These coins can be bought or sold online and in stores, but you’ll want to work with a broker that knows these coins and their value. You’ll also want to work with someone that knows the value of gold. We say this in regard to any coin, but especially coins that are as valuable as this one.

Can I purchase a Pre-1933 $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle?

Yes. When it comes to purchasing a coin this valuable, working with a professional is of the utmost importance. You’ll want to work with someone that knows the value of the coin and knows what an XF Extremely Fine coin looks like. The characteristics of this coin are going to be very specific due to its condition. Working with someone that knows what they’re doing is incredibly important.
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Choose Crown Gold Exchange

Crown Gold Exchange holds the utmost respect for you and your valuables. When you visit one of our locations, we make sure that you feel welcome, and that your property is protected. We use industry-standard equipment to ensure accurate measurement of your valuables, and we have a special process to keep your valuables safe. Our accuracy enables us to offer you top dollar, and we have several different payment methods available for your convenience, so you won’t be waiting around to get paid.

Crown Gold Exchange will purchase any kind of gold you bring us, including 8-karat, 10-karat, 14-karat, 18-karat, 21-karat, 22-karat, 24-karat, or anything else. We buy gold bars, gold bullion, gold jewelry and some gold plated items like pocket watches. If you happen to be in possession of an exclusive piece made by a top gold designer such as Cartier, Tiffany, Rolex, or Patek Philippe, we will often pay more than the weight of the item. Such special pieces often command a higher price on the secondary market due to their superior craftsmanship


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