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1870s $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle | XF

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Gold Coin Highlights

  • Mint: United States Mint
  • Year of Issue: Randomized between 1870 and 1876
  • Composition: 0.9675 oz of .900 fine gold
  • Face Value: $20 USD


The $20 Liberty, sometimes referred to as the $20 Coronet type, was designed by James B. Longacre. The design features a portrait of Lady Liberty on the obverse. She is wearing a crown with the inscription “LIBERTY” displayed prominently. Thirteen stars (as a nod to the thirteen original American colonies) are placed at the periphery. The coin’s date appears at the bottom.


Like many 19th- and early 20th-century coins, the $20 Liberty reverse shows an eagle with outstretched wings. The bird is positioned behind a shield and is clutching both arrows and an olive branch. This symbolized America’s desire for peace, along with the ability to defend itself in military conflict. A halo of thirteen stars, again symbolizing the original colonies, hovers above the eagle’s head. As a Type 2 $20 Liberty, the denomination is expressed as “TWENTY D.” The Type 3 version, struck from 1877 through 1907, shows the face value as “TWENTY DOLLARS” instead.

About the Type 2 $20 Liberty Double Eagle Gold Coin

The $20 Double Eagle was the largest circulating American gold coin. It was first introduced in 1850 in direct response to the California Gold Rush, as the mint was receiving massive shipments of bullion from the West. Double Eagles soon became one of the world’s most popular gold coins; they enjoyed tremendous demand both in the United States and abroad.

These specimens are significant for two reasons. First, they were struck during the Reconstruction Era; this was an important period of rebuilding and healing for the United States. Secondly, they are of the scarce Type 2 design type. Unlike the more common Type 3 version, Type 2 Double Eagles have a slightly different appearance and are considerably scarcer.

The coins in this category will have a random year of issue ranging between 1870 and 1876, depending on our current inventory.

Shipping Info

Individual coins will be shipped in protective plastic flips for easy viewing and storage. Quantities of 20 may be shipped in tubes.

Reserve your Reconstruction Era Type 2 $20 Liberty by placing your order online or calling a Provident representative at 800-313-3315.

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When the subtotal of your purchase, including applicable discounts, is $199 or more, you receive free shipping for your entire order. In order to receive free shipping on purchases of $199 or more, you must live within the 50 US states. For orders less than $199, a $9.95 shipping fee applies. All products are discreetly packaged and shipped with full insurance included.

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For those orders of $999.99 or less, there is no need to sign for your package. However, you may select the option to require a signature at delivery if you want. This can be chosen and paid for at checkout. All orders of $1000 or more require a signature to complete delivery.

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Product Details

Year 1870-1879
Metal Content .9675 troy oz
Metals Purity .900 Fine Gold
Condition Extra Fine
Denomination $20.00
Producer U.S. Mint
Diameter 34mm
Provident ID 2567143