Proof Liberty Head Gold Eagles

Proof versions of the Liberty Gold Eagle were produced for collectors and presentation purposes since the introduction of the series, however, advertised sales did not commence until 1859. The earlier proof issues were struck in extremely limited quantities for people who had requested them. For some years, such as 1842 and 1850, it is believed that only one or two proofs were produced. For other years, none have been confirmed or even rumored to exist, with the existence of such extremely unlikely.

The 1859 Proof Liberty Gold Eagle had a reported production of 80 pieces and starting with this issue reported mintage figures are available. Many of the issues of the 1860’s, 1870’s, and 1880’s had mintages that varied from the 20 to 30 range, and in many cases not every proof striking is believed to have been sold. The highest Proof mintage was recorded in 1900, when 120 Proofs were struck. Together with similar issues from the same era, it ranks as the most available Proof striking of this type, and is very popular with Proof type collectors.

Any Proof of this type and denomination is rare, and can be considered to be a prized rarity, regardless of date or grade. Completing a set of Proof Liberty Gold Eagles from 1859 to 1907 would be a daunting, extremely difficult task. Assembling a collection including the earlier dates would be virtually impossible, as many specimens are held within permanent museum collections.

Proof Liberty Gold Eagle Mintages

1859 80
1860 50
1861 69
1862 35
1863 30
1864 50
1865 25
1866 30
1867 50
1868 25
1869 25
1870 35
1871 30
1872 30
1873 25
1874 20
1875 20
1876 45
1877 20
1878 20
1879 30
1880 36
1881 40
1882 40
1883 40
1884 45
1885 65
1886 60
1887 80
1888 75
1889 45
1890 63
1891 48
1892 72
1893 55
1894 43
1895 56
1896 78
1897 69
1898 67
1899 86
1900 120
1901 85
1902 113
1903 96
1904 108
1905 86
1906 77
1907 74