Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,261,326
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1262.78 (7/23/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1853 $20 MS obverse 1853 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In circulated grades, the 1853 is similar in rarity to the higher mintage 1851 and 1852 Double Eagles. However, in Mint State, the 1853 is decidedly rarer. There are about two dozen known in the various grades of Uncirculated. The typical example grades MS60-61 and is characterized by bright but extensively bagmarked surfaces.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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1853 $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2050 2575 2575 2900 3250 3750 4850 6400 9100 17750 34000 67500 - - - - - -
$ 2900 3150 3500 4000 5250 6900 10500 21000 36500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1351
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


Upcoming Auctions

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Date
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
8/9/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5683
8/9/2014 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 4061
8/9/2014 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 4060
8/9/2014 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 4059


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/6/2001 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2001 Atlanta, GA Signature Sale #267, 267/Lot# 7971 $18,400.00
5/12/2003 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1723, 1723/Lot# 1889 $577.50
1/7/2004 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 3083 $41,400.00
7/17/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 266, 272/Lot# 6192 $1,523.75
12/16/2011 PCGS XF 40   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19430/Lot# 1073 $2,106.00
9/16/2012 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/16/2012, 40/Lot# 40706 $2,062.50
2/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1820 $17,250.00
7/27/2013 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5327 $7,050.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7218068969961103117312581339203923862813305738174935616910001148392233334060525828209184453
7498369291031112612011285157221542528289433104189534674461161317337262424023462418828780
000000128515722154252828943310418953467446116131733726242402346241800
000000131218052270267029753563456257578723132261983530151464087225400
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 5208
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2813
Owner: davidmckay
 
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