Liberty Double Eagle Type 3

The Liberty Double Eagle (Type 3) was issued at the US Mint from 1877 to 1907. Legislation was passed in February 1849 to mint these twenty dollar gold coins along with the new gold dollars. This Type 3 variety enjoyed continuous production for 31 years. It was the longest run of any coin of this denomination. These coins were minted at five different US Mint facilities, including: Philadelphia, San Francisco, Carson City, New Orleans, and Denver for the last two years in 1906 and 1907.

Once again the obverse of these gold coins has gone relatively

unchanged. The front of the coin shows a portrait of Liberty inspired by a Greco Roman sculpture and designed by James B. Longacre. Liberty is surrounded by 13 stars, and has the date positioned below.

The only major design change for
the reverse was the inscription for the denomination. Chief engraver William Barber decided to change it from "TWENTY D." to "TWENTY DOLLARS". His decision was supported and continued to the end of the series in 1907.

Some investors use low grade twenty and ten dollar gold coins,
for the metal content, as an
alternative to bullion coins, if they
are unavailable. Generally, the
premiums are higher on numismatic
coins in high grades, as opposed
to lower grades.

Coin Specifications:
Designer: James B. Longacre
Weight: 33.44 grams
Comp: 90.0% Gold, 10.0% Silver
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded

Twenty Dollar Gold (Type 3) to Double Eagle
Back to Coin Collecting Homepage

Share this page:

What’s this?

Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.