Proof Liberty Double Eagles


The first regular production of Proof Liberty Double Eagles occurred in 1859, when the Mint stuck 80 proof coins. Since there are only seven to eight surviving examples, it is assumed that a portion of the original mintage was never released and subsequently melted. Proof versions were struck in each following year until the end of the series in 1907.

Prior to the 1859 issue, it is believed that the Mint struck an extremely limited number of 1850 Proof Liberty Double Eagles, although none are confirmed to exist at present.  Three to four examples of 1858 dated proof double eagles are known.

The proof double eagles from 1859 to 1907 are always in demand for their rarity and beauty. Mintages were extremely small, ranging from 20 for some of the issues in the 1870’s to a high of 158 pieces in 1903. No circulation strikes were produced at the Philadelphia Mint in 1883, 1884 and 1887, making the proofs the only available examples of those dates to collectors.

Proof Liberty Double Eagle Mintages

1858 3 to 4 known
1859 80
1860 59
1861 66
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 61
1882 59
1883 Proof Only 92
1884 Proof only 71
1885 77
1886 106
1887 Proof only 121
1888 105
1889 41
1890 55
1891 52
1892 93
1893 59
1894 50
1895 51
1896 128
1897 86
1898 75
1899 84
1900 124
1901 96
1902 114
1903 158
1904 98
1905 92
1906 94
1907 78