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

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Embark on a historical journey at Provident Metals, where we invite you to explore the captivating era of the 1870s, a time of recovery post-Civil War and the end of the Reconstruction Era. Delve into the legacy of the 1878-S Pre-33 $20 Liberty Double Eagle Gold Coin, now available for purchase online.


  • Securely packaged in a protective plastic flip!
  • Minted in 1878 by the San Francisco Mint!
  • Limited mintage of 1.739 million coins at the San Francisco Mint!
  • Showcasing Type III designs!
  • Condition graded as Extremely-Fine!
  • Contains .9675 Troy oz of actual gold content.
  • Backed by the federal government with a face value of $20 (USD).
  • Obverse features the elegant Lady Liberty.
  • Reverse displays the heraldic eagle design.
  • Bears an S mint mark.

Each 1878-S Pre-33 $20 Liberty Double Eagle Gold Coin at Provident Metals is thoughtfully encased in protective plastic flips. In Extremely-Fine condition, these coins exhibit light wear on the design’s high points, with some revealing traces of the original mint luster.


On the obverse of the 1878-S $20 Liberty Double Eagle Coin, witness the left-profile bust of Liberty, crafted by James B. Longacre in 1849. Liberty graces the coin with a coronet crown and is surrounded by a ring of 13 stars. The inscriptions on this side include the word LIBERTY on the coronet crown and 1878 at the base of the portrait.


Flip the coin to unveil Longacre’s depiction of the heraldic eagle on the reverse side, known as the Great Seal of the United States. This intricate portrayal features the eagle with the national shield, arrows of war, and the olive branch of peace. A ring of 13 stars adorns the eagle’s head. Classified as a Type III issue, this coin features the national motto (added in 1866) and a face value noted as TWENTY DOLLARS (changed in 1877). In addition to the face value and national motto, inscriptions on this side read UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and E PLURIBUS UNUM.


Transport yourself to the 1870s, an era shadowed by The Long Depression, a challenging economic phase. The national discourse over the monetary system, particularly the Coinage Act of 1873, significantly influenced the nation’s economic path by demonetizing silver and steering toward the gold standard.


For any inquiries about Pre-33 Gold Coins, feel free to contact Provident Metals customer service at 1-800-313-3315. Our dedicated team is ready to assist you over the phone, through our web chat, or via email.

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Product Details

Year 1878
Mint Mark S - San Francisco
Metals Purity .900
Producer US Mint
Thickness 2.41 mm
Diameter 34 mm
Condition Extra Fine
Denomination $20
Country United States
Designer (Obverse) James B. Longacre
Edge Style Reeded
Product Series Liberty Gold Double Eagle
Certificate of Authenticity No
Packaging Plastic Flip
Metal Content .9675 Troy Ounce
Shipping Orders over $199 Ship Free
Designer (Reverse) James B. Longacre
Capsule Size 34 mm
Packaging Dimensions 1.35 x 1.35 x 0.11
Provident ID 4057840