1863-S $20 Gold Liberty NGC AU50 Rive d’Or Hoard

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Civil War Gold Double Eagle Returns from Europe

April 14, 1861 – after two days of shelling, the Union formally surrenders Fort Sumter to the Confederacy. A day later, President Abraham Lincoln, inaugurated barely a month before, mobilizes 75,000 volunteers into a Federal army. The bloodiest conflict in American history had begun and would not end until more than 620,000 soldiers lost their lives.

Struck during the Civil War, these $20 Liberty gold coins were highly treasured for their gold content and legal-tender value. Imagine what a Civil War soldier would be able to buy for $20 during that era!

This highly sought-after coin was struck in 90% fine gold in1863 at the San Francisco Mint and has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in About Uncirculated-50 (AU50) condition. As if its connection to the Civil War were not enough, the coin is also significant because it comes from the Rive d’Or Hoard, one of the largest and most significant gold coin collections ever assembled.

The Rive d’Or Hoard – which literally means “The Bank of Gold Hoard” – was a collection of gold coins discovered in a Paris bank vault after World War II. The collection had been carefully amassed over decades and time and time again saw Europe ravaged by war and economic hard times. Evidently the people who had assembled the hoard had learned the hard way that keeping a stash of gold was a tremendous insurance policy against war and ruin. Adding American gold coins to this hoard proved to be no problem since during the 1800s and early 1900s U.S. gold coins were often sent to Europe as part of large business transactions.

So, while vintage U.S. gold was being worn down in commerce and/or melted in America, this coin survived for more than a century locked in a vault in Europe where it had been pieced together by a collector seeking financial security. When the treasures of the Rive d’Or Hoard were finally released in 2008, it contained many gold coins from the United States that were acquired before, during and after WWII as well as many other world coins from the 19th and 20th centuries.

In addition to your 1863-S $20 Gold Double Eagle, you’ll also receive an 1864–1865 Vanishing Coins of the Civil War Three-Coin Set containing first-year issues of the Indian Head Cent, Two Cent piece and Three Cent Nickel; an 1863 25 Cents Fractional Paper Currency Note – issued due to a lack of circulating coinage during the war; a storybook on coinage during the Civil War; and an authentic, unused Civil War bullet. This bonus pack has a total value of $159.95!

We’ve already sold tens of thousands of coins from the Rive hoard, and only a limited number of these Civil War $20 Gold Liberties remain in our vault. Hurry and secure yours today and hold it and an accompanying collection of authentic Civil War history in your hands!

  • COIN FROM THE FAMOUS RIVE D’OR HOARD – Your 1863-S $20 Gold Liberty comes from the famous Rive d’Or Hoard (Bank of Gold Hoard), one of the most famous – and massive – gold coin hoards discovered in Europe since the end of World War II.
  • POPULAR, LONG-RUNNING DESIGN – These $20 Gold “Liberty Head” Double Eagles were designed by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver James B. Longacre. The design as struck as a pattern coin in 1849, and then was issued for circulation from 1850 to 1907 until it was replaced by the famous Double Eagles designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
  • STRUCK IN FINE GOLD – The 1863-S Liberty Head Gold Double Eagle was struck in 33.436 grams of 90% gold.
  • LEGAL-TENDER U.S. COINAGE – Each 1863-S Liberty Head Gold Double Eagle has a legal-tender face value of $20. These large gold coins were used mainly by banks or merchants for large business transactions.
  • HIGH GRADE CONDITION – Your 1863-S Liberty Head Gold Double Eagle has been certified and graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being in remarkable About Uncirculated-50 (AU50) condition.
  • SCARCE, HARD-TO-FIND COINS – Millions of these gold coins were melted in 1933 after President Franklin D Roosevelt recalled gold coins from the public in 1933. Millions more were lost to international business transactions where they were more often than not melted or hidden away and forgotten in foreign bank vaults.

Struck more than 155 years ago as a bloody civil war tore the nation apart, this coin has finally returned from Europe and is just waiting to join your collection. Click it to your cart and make this coin one of the prized items of your own personal hoard!

Year of Issue 1863
Country United States
Composition Gold
Purity 0.9000
Condition About Uncirculated
Grade AU50
Denomination 20.00
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name San Francisco - S
Coin Weight 33.436 Grams - g
Weight 1 Ounce - oz
Dimensions 34mm
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