History, Information, and Value of 1886 Gold Liberty Double Eagle
Value of 1886 $20 Double Eagle
When encountered at all, the 1886 is usually characterized by solid striking detail, minimally abraded surfaces, and a pleasing satin to semi-prooflike finish. The Philadelphia Mint was the only coinage facility to strike double eagles in 1886, and it produced very few examples. Surviving circulation strikes are very rare with only 45 to 60 coins believed extant, with some estimates ranging as low as 25 to 30 pieces. Most are lightly circulated in EF or AU with only a handful of Uncirculated examples certified. An NGC MS-66 is the finest graded by four points. This date is the first in the Liberty Head double eagle series with a mintage of more than 100 Proofs, although surviving specimens are highly elusive and number only 20 to 25 coins.