1852 GOLD $20 LIBERTY
SSCA-2 AU55This 1852 $20 Double Eagle minted in Philadelphia, has survived more than 165 years in About Uncirculated 53 condition. In 1852, the Philadelphia Mint struck 2,053,026 double eagles. This is due to the vast amounts of gold coming out of the ground from the California Gold Rush, just three years after the discovery of California gold, and two years before the San Francisco Mint was established in 1854. The 1852 twenties were meant to circulate, and with a mintage of over two million pieces, the 1852 is plentiful today. Most are in VF and EF grades, with occasional nicer examples like this piece. Mint State coins demand a high premium, and even fewer choice and gem pieces available on the market.
This 1851-O $20 Liberty Gold Double Eagle from the SS Central America 2 shipwreck recovery. This highly collectible coin is a great addition to any numismatic collection. The SS Central America was a 280 foot side-wheel steamer that operated between Central America and the eastern coast of the U.S. at that time. On September 12, 1857, the Central America sunk in a hurricane two hundred miles off the Carolina Coast in 8,000 feet below the Atlantic, taking the lives of 425 men and over 4,700 pounds of California gold.
The sinking of the SS Central America, known as ''The Ship of Gold,'' was one of the worst peacetime tragedies of men, ship, and gold lost at sea. It contributed to the deepest depression of the 19th Century both economically and emotionally. Originally discovered in 1987 and brought to market in the year 2000, it has been one of the most remarkable events in numismatic history. In 2014, Odyssey Marine Exploration went back to recover the remaining gold. After 4 years, the ''Greatest Treasure Ever Found'' has come to market for a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of historical significance from the California Gold Rush, with the providence of the SS Central America Shipwreck Treasure Recovery.
This 1852 double eagle is reminiscent to the year Democrat, Franklin Pierce, won a convincing victory for President, and American Senator Henry Clay, author of much legislation on the topic of slavery, dies. Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin was published, and became one of the most influential works to stir anti-slavery sentiments. This 1852 $20 Type-I Double Eagle is a true piece of American history minted from gold from the California Gold Rush.