Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 141,468
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1261.62 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1854 S $20 MS obverse 1854 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Treasure recovered in the late 1970s from the S.S. Yankee Blade shipwreck yielded a couple of hundred 1854-S double eagles, including many high grade examples, according to the Garrett-Guth reference on U.S. gold coinage. The same authors relate that the salvaged coins have surfaces that are 'lightly etched from exposure to seawater.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/19/2014

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1854 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1900 1950 2100 3000 4250 4250 7500 9350 14000 16500 18500 22500 27000 43500 55000 110000 - - - - -
$ 4750 8500 10350 15750 18000 20000 25000 30000 48500 60000 145000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 190
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
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3/11/1996 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0822, 822/Lot# 904 $712.13
9/17/2003 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2003 September Long Beach Signature Sale #330, 330/Lot# 8266 $13,800.00
1/5/2011 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 7219 $2,760.00
7/7/2011 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1157/Lot# 4992 $9,200.00
2/28/2012 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7806 $5,462.50
1/26/2014 NGC XF 45   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1860 $8,225.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2525261427162860309934234141445649995621603863336564750782609539124681360616472235923434550773
2554264827642939320736624246463752065760613664106878775886861051512847145611884527176398210
000000424646375206576061366410687877588686105151284714561188452717600
000000435148185413589962346487719280099112114911322615516212183076000
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5621
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 5621
Owner: izikas
 
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