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: $1177.45 (10/1/2014)
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: 9/4/2014

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1852 $20 MS
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Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2050 2575 2575 3100 3400 3850 4900 6600 12000 17250 25000 85000 - - - - - -
$ 2900 3300 3600 - - - 14650 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1549
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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10/13/2014 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1210/Lot# 4408
10/13/2014 AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 9154


Auction Prices Realized

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5/25/2002 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22072, 22072/Lot# 13635 $690.00
6/12/2006 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 91, 96/Lot# 1219 $2,070.00
5/28/2008 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 3525 $2,990.00
12/4/2008 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118, 1118/Lot# 2388 $6,900.00
2/1/2009 NGC MS 60   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1596 $3,450.00
12/3/2009 PCGS AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1275 $2,925.00
2/15/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 3910 $3,910.00
12/14/2010 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2978, 2978/Lot# 1304 $1,427.00
8/31/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 214420 $2,560.00


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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