History, Information, and Value of 1859-O Gold Liberty Double Eagle
Value of 1859-O $20 Gold Coin
The 1859-O $20 double eagle is an important coin and most examples are lightly struck at the high points of the obverse and at the star centers. High grade pieces are usually prooflike, though eye appeal tends to be problematic for this issue in general. Prominent die clash marks can be seen on the obverse on most of these New Orleans mint coins. With fewer than 100 examples rumored to exist, the 1859-O $20 is rare in all conditions. Most often found in VF and EF grades, but there are an estimated two dozen pieces in AU available with enough searching. Only two Mint State coins have been acknowledged: an MS-60 graded by PCGS and an MS-61 graded by NGC.