Civil War Liberty Gold coins, minted from 1861 through 1865, include the $2.50 quarter eagle, $5 Half Eagle, $10 Eagle, designed by Christian Gobrecht, and $20 Double Eagle designed by James B. Longacre.
One of the most famous Type-I Liberty Double Eagles is the 1861 “Paquet Reverse” designed by U.S. Mint Assistant Engraver Anthony Paquet, who was known for his unique font style. The new reverse was unsuitable for high-speed production, but the bad dies made it to San Francisco, and coins were struck before the Branch Mint received notification to stop production.
The 1861 Philadelphia Paquet is unique with only one issue, and the 1861-S Paquet has a small mintage of under 20,000 pieces. Both issues are listed in the 100 Greatest U.S. Coins book.
In 1865, both the SS Republic in the Atlantic, and the SS Brother Jonathan in the Pacific, sank with Civil War era gold coins onboard. Once recovered and brought to market, these fresh Mint State Civil War Liberty gold coins became a top choice with Collectors because of their rarity, beauty, and historical significance.