Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 141,000
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1236.47 (8/21/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1850 O $20 MS obverse 1850 O $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1850-O, with a mintage of 141,000 pieces, was the first double eagle struck at the New Orleans Mint. This, and its status as the first-year regular-issue twenty dollar gold piece, places it in strong demand. Most examples are in the VF-XF grade range, where a little more than 200 pieces have been certified by NGC and PCGS. An additional 150 or so coins have been certified in the various AU grade levels. Mint State 1850-Os are downright rare, as the population reports indicate.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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1850 O $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1900 2200 2650 3900 7100 7100 15000 19500 28500 53500 67000 81500 - - - - - - - - -
$ 9000 16450 21500 35000 59000 73000 90000 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 306
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/1/2003 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2003 May St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Sale #318, 318/Lot# 7394 $2,357.50
2/20/2005 NGC XF 40   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2470 $2,645.00
5/1/2005 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2033, 2033/Lot# 1852 $4,290.00
7/20/2009 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 394, 400/Lot# 579 $10,350.00
3/31/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6869 $2,875.00
1/9/2013 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 7461 $11,162.50
6/9/2013 PCGS VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 120595 $3,666.63
5/4/2014 PCGS MS 69   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 191319 $852.50
6/4/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4889 $12,337.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 O $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8359281030114112581683286636205226596068327317796092341809628598456097333775510777318000082317
8669621067118013992077311741555470625069937531838412188215963426854851740617625078487807720
00000031174155547062506993753183841218821596342685485174061762507848700
00000033684690571565417155774588091514225097399386409474785769907924300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 6832
Owner: Northwest Collection
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 5226
Owner: Gazooty
 
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