Proof Liberty Head Gold Eagles

The Philadelphia Mint struck Proof Liberty Gold Eagles (Buy on eBay) for collectors and presentation purposes throughout the course of the series. The earliest proof issues had extremely small mintages since most collectors could not afford the high denomination and many were not even aware of the availability in proof format. While the later issues have comparatively higher mintages, they still remain extremely rare and are considered trophy coins by most collectors.

From the introduction of the series in 1838 through 1858, proofs were struck in limited quantities and precise mintages were not recorded. Numerous proof issues within this range are represented by only a single known specimen. For the period from 1849 to 1856, no proofs are known to exist. In 1844, the New Orleans Mint struck a branch mint proof issue under unknown circumstances.

Starting in 1859, proof issues were more broadly available to the public. They could be obtained by anyone who requested them and paid a small premium to cover the proofing process. During this time, mintages were recorded, although not every proof striking was sold and some may have been melted. Many of the issues of the 1860’s, 1870’s, and 1880’s had mintages ranging from 20 to 30 pieces. The highest proof mintage was recorded in 1900, when 120 proofs were struck.

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