• 1881 Gold Graded Double Eagle US Dollar $20 Coin Single United States of America San Francisco Mint Liberty/Coronet Head Fine obverse
    Obverse Fine
  • 1881 Gold Graded Double Eagle US Dollar $20 Coin Single United States of America San Francisco Mint Liberty/Coronet Head Fine reverse
    Reverse Fine
  • 1881 Gold Graded Double Eagle US Dollar $20 Coin Single United States of America San Francisco Mint Liberty/Coronet Head Fine obverse
  • 1881 Gold Graded Double Eagle US Dollar $20 Coin Single United States of America San Francisco Mint Liberty/Coronet Head Fine reverse
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1881 Gold $20 Double Eagle Coin Coronet Head San Francisco Mint

This is an 1881 United States Gold Double Eagle $20 Dollar Coin.

The coins were struck at the San Francisco branch of the US Mint, and so have an "S" mintmark on the reverse below the main design. They have a fineness of 0.900 or 21.6 carat.

These popular coins are referred to as "Coronet Liberty" eagles. They were designed by James B. Longacre, who was chief engraver of the US Mint between 1844 and 1869.

These double eagle coins contain just under 1 troy ounce of gold.

Photographs shown may not be the actual coin and may differ in terms of grade, die numbers, design flaws and other minor details.

from £2,042.02

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Double Eagles

The USA is a relatively young country, and its first regular issue of gold coins started in 1795. Although most of them have an eagle as a major part of their design, for some reason the $10 piece acquired the name eagle, and the other sizes as double eagles, half eagles, and quarter eagles. The ten dollar gold pieces are therefore known as eagles or gold eagles.

Be careful not to confuse them with the modern gold bullion eagles issued since 1986 - both are called eagles!

Coronet Liberty Head

The first double eagles were designed by James B. Longacre between 1849-1861 and 1866-1907. US double eagles featuring the Coronet Liberty design were minted at the Denver (D mintmark), Philadelphia (no mintmark), New Orleans (O mintmark) and San Francisco (S mintmark) branches of the US Mint.


The obverse shows a coronet head of Liberty, facing left surrounded by 13 stars. The date is set below the neck of Liberty.


The reverse shows a representation of the Great American Seal with a halo of 13 stars and a circumscription reading:



Weight / SizeDouble
Gold Weight Troy Ounces0.968
Fineness / Carat0.900 / 21.6
Mintage Figure727,000
Obverse DesignerJames Barton Longacre
Reverse DesignerJames Barton Longacre
Mint / BrandSan Francisco Mint
CountryUnited States of America
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Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their precious metal content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.

Gold investment products are VAT free. Silver investment products are inclusive of VAT at the current rate unless otherwise stated.

All investment products are based on the live precious metal price. Prices will be fixed once the item has been added to the basket and recalculates just before checking out. 

If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item, it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes; therefore, some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.

Please note that all investment products are exempt from the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and therefore customers do not have the right to cancel their order once the order has been accepted. If customers no longer wish to go ahead with their investment purchase, there is an option to sell the products back to Chard (1964) Ltd instead. View our current buy back prices.

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Orders over £60 - Fully Insured Delivery.

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Next day fully insured and tracked. Delivery starts from £6. 

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  • Within the UK and BFPO - Royal Mail 2nd Class. Your order will normally arrive within 2-3 working days. Delivery starts from £3.50.

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We offer fully insured delivery on all special delivery options. We do need to pass on the cost of this insurance as it soon adds up shipping high value gold and silver products. 

  • Orders under £1500 there is no additional fee.
  • Orders over £1500 we charge a fee in order to cover the increasing costs of insurance. For every £1500 we apply a £1 fee. 

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