Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,087,155
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1243.82 (4/23/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1851 $20 MS obverse 1851 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1851 is a curiously scarce issue and one that has received little attention from collectors. More than two million pieces were struck, the highest mintage figure of any double eagle produced until 1861. While it is generally considered a common date, it is not quite as common as often assumed. Probably no more than 70-80 pieces are known in all grades of Uncirculated, most of which are in the MS60-62 grade range.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/19/2014

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1851 $20 MS
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Base $ 1800 1875 1925 1950 2300 2300 3000 3300 4100 5000 8100 10500 20500 26000 43750 - - - - - -
$ 2550 3200 3800 4600 5750 9000 12000 24500 29000 48000 - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 891
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


Upcoming Auctions

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Grade
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4/27/2014 XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1204/Lot# 6731
4/27/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1204/Lot# 6736
4/27/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1204/Lot# 6735
4/27/2014 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1204/Lot# 6734
4/27/2014 AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1204/Lot# 6733


Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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8/15/2004 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1922, 1922/Lot# 1763 $797.50
1/17/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 213, 219/Lot# 6085 $2,070.00
2/1/2009 NGC XF 45   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1595 $1,150.00
2/12/2012 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/12/2012, 7/Lot# 36003 $1,876.05
11/11/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131247/Lot# 20911 $2,145.55
8/30/2013 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3485 $2,820.00
10/27/2013 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131345/Lot# 22641 $2,056.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base721806896996110311591265136317872019231924953639469458367487120281766326327397906091994384
749836929103111211194129715041864211923772876399050746386900013906205513081446833720740
00000012971504186421192377287639905074638690001390620551308144683300
000000133016451941221924363257434254556936105141578423439353025387600
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2319
Owner: Coin Maven
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2319
Owner: Grandman
 
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