1861 S Coronet Head Gold $20 Double Eagle

Liberty Head - Twenty D - No Motto

Mintage: 768,000
Minted at: San Francisco

Designer - Engraver: James B Longacre
Metal Composition: 90% Gold - 10% Copper

Diameter: 34 mm
Mass / Weight: 33.44 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1861 S Normal Reverse Liberty Head $20 Gold Double Eagle - Twenty Dollars
There were two major varieties of the 1861-S Liberty Head $20 Gold Double Eagle. The common variety features the normal design on the reverse of the coin (as depicted above) - while the other rarer variety is known as the "Paquet Reverse" variety. The difference between the Normal Reverse vs Paquet Reverse is depicted below in the example comparison image. Note the styling and size differences in the letters along with the "S" mint mark - and also the rays within the circle of stars above the eagle (Source of example image is courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries):

1861 S Normal Reverse vs Paquet Reverse - $20 Liberty Head Gold Double Eagle - Difference and Comparison
Coin value chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth in USD based on grade/condition
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-63)
Proof
(PR-63)
---$2,259$2,608$3,673$13,907$48,123-

The 1861-S Coronet Head Gold $20 Double Eagle is worth $2,259 in average condition and can be worth $13,907 or more in uncirculated mint condition. Click here to learn how to use coin price charts. Also, click here to learn about grading coins. The Melt Value shown below is how valuable the coin's metal is worth (bare minimum value of coin). Click here to see the Melt Value of every US coin.


MELT VALUE: $1215.03





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