Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 364,666
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1196.99 (9/17/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1855 $20 MS obverse 1855 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This date is clearly much scarcer than it is given credit for, and when encountered, it is usually only found in VF or XF grades, and occasionally in the lowest AU grades. Winter and Crum commented, for example: 'The 1855 double eagle is usually viewed as a common date. It is actually quite scarce in any grade better than About Uncirculated-53 and it is a truly rare coin in Uncirculated grades.' Although the recovery of coins from the S.S. Republic has changed the scene for Type One double eagles over the past couple years, this issue remains elusive in top grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/2/2014

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1855 $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2050 2250 2250 2850 3350 4150 5800 12750 18000 24500 65000 - - - - - - -
$ 2450 3100 3550 4500 7000 - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 348
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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10/1/1993 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions Long Beach Bullet #108, 108/Lot# 676 $8,140.00
12/24/1997 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1009, 1009/Lot# 1922 $606.63
8/7/2000 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Philadelphia 2000 #232, 232/Lot# 7424 $922.30
12/19/2004 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1976, 1976/Lot# 1806 $3,850.00
1/16/2006 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction #70, 75/Lot# 1247 $862.50
6/17/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 3832 $3,967.50
5/29/2011 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1693 $4,830.00
12/5/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 5208 $3,172.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base72180689699611031193137115312669317737774111493564001094717163271754341269911113402116400119456
7498369291031113312521424191028383377388843855423791513019205003258752245844081144011174180
00000014241910283833773888438554237915130192050032587522458440811440100
00000014772289300735773999466059119431150912383737999610789890511540000
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4935
Owner: Northwood Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3777
Owner: Grandman
 
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