1861-O GOLD $20 LIBERTYPCGS XF 40This 1861-O Double Eagle was the last Type-I $20 minted in New Orleans and the only Double Eagle minted by three Governments. The 1861-O is the final Double Eagle produced at the New Orleans Mint until the minting of Type-III $20 gold pieces beginning in 1879. The popularity and desirability of this issue remains constant among advanced collectors, and it is an extremely popular issue among Southern gold specialists and Civil War collectors. This historic issue is numismatically significant because it is the final Type One issue from this mint. The outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 explains why three different governing authorities struck Double Eagles in New Orleans that year.
The combined mintage of the 1861-O Double Eagle was a total of 17,741 pieces.
* The Union struck 5,000 pieces from January 1 to January 26, 1861.
* The State of Louisiana struck 9,750 from January 26 to May 31, 1861.
* The CSA Confederacy struck 2,991 after June 1, 1861.
A single die pair was used to coin double eagles at New Orleans in 1861, so there is no way to determine which governing authority struck which 1861-O Double Eagles. Almost all of these coins experienced heavy circulation and are scarce in all grades. The number of examples in all grades is 232 pieces. This PCGS XF 40 is a historically significant Type-I Double Eagle and it Won't Last!