Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,053,026
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1239.85 (8/22/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1852 $20 MS obverse 1852 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The first 'golden era' of double eagle strikings at the Philadelphia Mint began with the famous unique pattern in 1849 and continued until the opening of the San Francisco Mint in 1854. As the larger and more logical outlet to strike the massive coins, Philadelphia received the lion's share of the work, the first four years of the regular issue saw more than a million pieces struck each time, and for the two dates in the middle, 1851 and 1852, there were mintages in the multiple millions.

A high mintage, however, does not guarantee availability in high grades on its own. The 1852 twenties were meant to circulate, and circulate they did. Q. David Bowers writes in A Guide Book of Double Eagle Gold Coins, 'As the mintage of over two million pieces might suggest, the 1852 is plentiful today. Most are in grades such as VF and EF, with occasional examples in AU coming on the market, punctuated at long intervals by Mint State coins. Among the latter are a few choice and gem pieces.?

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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1852 $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2050 2575 2575 3100 3400 3850 4900 6500 9900 17250 24000 70000 - - - - - -
$ 2900 3300 3600 4100 5500 7000 11000 19500 27500 100000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1541
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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1/14/2001 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1395, 1395/Lot# 1386 $527.50
12/3/2009 PCGS AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1275 $2,925.00
7/7/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1157/Lot# 4985 $3,105.00
3/25/2012 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 43067 $2,393.60
8/2/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4718 $3,290.00
2/3/2013 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 737, 746/Lot# 355 $2,600.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1858 $11,456.25
7/11/2014 NGC   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20705 $1,733.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base72180689699611031173125513331852212424702671323841415049624898151401720348300034489168089
749836929103111261200128115061942223925372860353944435448743711215161272356634965526230
00000012811506194222392537286035394443544874371121516127235663496500
00000013071679203323542604304938404746584886261261618237267843992800
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 3238
Owner: izikas
 
Grade: MS 60
Points: 2671
Owner: davidmckay
 
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