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1878-S $20 Pre-33 Liberty Double Eagle Gold Coin NGC AU58

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Established in 1850, the Double Eagle holds a significant place in the US Eagle gold coin series, boasting a substantial face value of $20 (USD). Recognized for its pivotal role in international trade, this coin showcases only two distinctive designs throughout its history. Originally conceptualized by James B. Longacre, the inaugural design is now embodied in the form of certified 1878-S $20 Pre-33 Liberty Double Eagle Gold Coins, available for purchase on Provident Metals.


  • Safely encased in NGC plastic slabs!
  • Marks the 29th year for the Liberty Gold Double Eagle!
  • Limited mintage of 1.739 million coins at the San Francisco Mint!
  • Certified coins are available in limited quantities!
  • Contains .9675 Troy oz of actual gold content.
  • Issued a face value of $20 (USD) by the United States.
  • Bears a Grade of About Uncirculated 58 from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
  • Obverse features Lady Liberty.
  • Reverse includes the Great Seal of the United States.
  • Comes with an S mint mark from the San Francisco Mint.

Crafted by James B. Longacre in 1849, the Liberty Gold Double Eagles feature Longacres obverse bust of Liberty, reminiscent of Christian Gobrechts 1838 bust featured on other denominations of the US Eagle during that era. Longacres reverse design offers a more intricate interpretation of the heraldic eagle inspired by the Great Seal of the United States.


The obverse design of the 1878-S Pre-33 Liberty Double Eagle Gold Coin presents a left-profile effigy of Liberty, adorned with a coronet crown and encircled by 13 stars. Inscriptions include LIBERTY and 1878.


On the reverse, the 1878-S $20 Pre-33 Liberty Double Eagle Coin showcase the Great Seal of the United States, featuring a prominent US national shield, arrows of war, and olive branch of peace. A ring of 13 stars above the eagles head includes the inscription of the national motto. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN GOD WE TRUST, and TWENTY D.


In 1878, the Liberty Double Eagles circulated across three branch mints, with the San Francisco Mint taking the lead by producing an impressive 1.739 million coins. By comparison, the Philadelphia Mint contributed 543,625 coins, while the Carson City Mint issued a modest volume of just 13,180 coins.


These 1878-S $20 Pre-33 Liberty Double Eagle Gold Coins have been awarded an AU58 grade from the NGC, signifying coins at the uppermost tier of the About Uncirculated range. They display only minimal signs of friction on the highest relief points, along with medium to near-full mint luster.

For inquiries or to secure these distinguished gold pieces, reach out to Provident Metals customer service at 1-800-313-3315, or interact with us through online chat or email.

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Product Details

Year 1878
Condition AU58
Grading Service NGC
Mint Mark S - San Francisco
Metals Purity 0.9
Producer US Mint
Thickness 2.41 mm
Diameter 34 mm
Condition Almost Uncirculated
Denomination $20
Country United States
Designer (Obverse) James B. Longacre
Designer (Reverse) James B. Longacre
Edge Style Reeded
Product Series Liberty Double Eagle
Certificate of Authenticity No
Packaging NGC Plastic Slab
Metal Content .9675 Troy Ounce
Shipping Orders over $199 Ship Free
Packaging Dimensions 3.5 x 2.5 x 0.5
Provident ID 4060932