1849-1907 20 Dollar Gold Liberty BU

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A Child of the California Gold Rush

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the $20 gold coin is the child of this hard-working mother. James Iver McKay, an obscure congressman from North Carolina, is its father. It all started in 1848, when the U.S. government was flooded with so much gold from California's Gold Rush, that it simply didn't know what to do with it all. That's when McKay came up with the idea of a $20 gold coin made with almost an ounce of pure California gold, making it twice the size of any U.S. gold coin made before. It was the right idea at the right time, and the $20 Liberty Head gold coin blossomed into one of the most important and hardest-working coins of the era. But, just as it was born of necessity, it met its end in catastrophe when vast quantities were melted in 1933 and later. Only a few were spared, and now is the time to adopt this orphaned child. Coins grade Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition.

Year of Issue (Date Our Choice)
Country United States
Composition Gold
Purity 0.9000
Grade BU
Denomination 20.00
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name U.S. Mint
Coin Weight 27.43 Grams - g
Weight 1 Ounce - oz
Dimensions 34mm
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