1861 is one of the most historically significant years in American history, as it was the first year of the Civil War.

CIVIL WAR HOARD – Finest Known has acquired a very special hoard of 1861 $20 Double Eagles from a hidden stash, discovered in a European Bank Vault, containing four original Mint bags with 250 gold coins each, forgotten and untouched for nearly 160 years.

Civil War Gold, Available in Varied Grades, and for as Little as $1,499 Each.*

*Includes FREE Original 1861 Harper’s Weekly Civil War Newspaper ($375 value).

After the 1860 presidential election of Abraham Lincoln, there were ominous clouds of discontent in America and the country was deeply split over the issue of slavery.

What started out as a war of words, quickly became a war of hastily raised armies, dividing brother against brother and splitting America in the middle. Eleven southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America (Confederacy), the other 25 states supported the federal government (Union). President Lincoln pledged that Federal troops and state volunteers would take back by force those states in rebellion, while the Southerners began their siege of Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor in April 1861 triggering the start of the Civil War.

In 1861, the Philadelphia Mint ramped up its gold production significantly to help with the Civil War funding, striking nearly 3 million 1861-P $20 Double Eagles. The big, beautiful Gold Type-I $20 Double Eagle was the favored choice of monetary exchange over the new U.S. Greenback currency, and vast amounts of the 1861-P $20 gold pieces were shipped overseas to purchase the weapons and war supplies needed for the Union Troops. Some of this Civil War gold was hoarded away in old European Bank Vaults where they were left untouched and forgotten for nearly 160 years, until their recent discovery.

The Civil War Hoard of 1861-P Double Eagles is one of the most exciting and historic discoveries in recent years. Four original U.S. Mint bags, containing 250 gold coins each were uncovered and brought back home to the United States where they were graded and certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) with special collector’s pedigree label, “Civil War Hoard.” These coins are original and still glow with beautiful mint luster, and rich gold tones.

These 1861 $20 Double Eagles are now available for purchase ranging in certified grades. This is a rare opportunity to own a historic piece of Americana tied directly to the first year of the Civil War.

1861 Timeline

  • January 1861: Six additional southern states seceded from the Union after South Carolina.
  • February 1861: The Confederate States of America (CSA) is formed, with Jefferson Davis, as president.
  • March 1861: Abraham Lincoln is sworn in as 16th President of the United States of America.
  • April 1861: Confederates attack Fort Sumter on April 12th in Charleston, SC, and the Civil War begins.
  • April 1861: President Lincoln calls for 75,000 militia to stop the rebellion.
  • May 1861: Lincoln calls for an additional 43,000+ volunteers to serve for three years.
  • June 1861: A skirmish in western Virginia, is the first clash of Union and Confederate forces in the east.
  • June 1861: West Virginia was officially accepted in as the thirty-fifth state of the Union.
  • July 1861: The Battle of Bull Run (First Manassas), is fought near Manassas, Virginia.
  • August 1861: Fort Hatteras at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, falls to Union naval forces.

Includes a FREE Authentic 1861 Harper’s Weekly Original Civil War Newspaper ($375 value)

Historic Opportunity

This Civil War Hoard of 1861 Philadelphia $20 gold coins has been one of the most popular offers recently. Not just because of its exciting history, but because of the value too. Most all of the hoard has already sold out and these remaining coins won’t last. They are priced at almost 30% BELOW current leading online price guides. Reserve as many as you can now before they are gone!

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