History, Information, and Value of 1859-S Gold Liberty Double Eagle
Value of 1859-S $20 Gold Coin
Overall quality is a challenge for the 1859-S $20 double eagle, as most examples are softly struck on each side and exhibit subdued luster. Original coins with a consistent strike are seldom encountered and should command a premium. Examples are relatively common in circulated condition, with most coins encountered in Extremely Fine and lower AU grades. Mint State coins are scarce and are often plagued by bagmarks and other heavy abrasions. Just 40-50 Uncirculated examples are known for this San Francisco mint issue, the finest of these being a single MS-63 (PCGS).