Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 854,173
Catalog: KM-A74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1242.56 (8/27/2014)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1862 S $20 MS obverse 1862 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The sale of the S.S. Brother Jonathan treasure included 68 different examples of this date. However, only one piece was graded Mint State (with environmental damage) and only one other was graded AU58. After that, about 40 lower quality AU grade coins were offered. Even though the rarity of this issue was noticeably diminished when that treasure was discovered and dispersed, it is still quite rare in top grades. About a dozen Mint State coins were found in the S.S. Republic treasure.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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1862 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2050 2150 2250 2600 2900 2900 3800 4400 5400 9350 15000 21500 34000 54500 - - - - - - -
$ 3200 4100 4750 6000 11000 16500 24500 38500 59000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 947
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


Upcoming Auctions

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Grade
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9/6/2014 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3475


Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
9/26/2004 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1940, 1940/Lot# 1578 $2,860.00
1/29/2009 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 328, 334/Lot# 9083 $1,552.50
9/6/2009 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3450 $5,290.00
12/3/2009 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2009 December Houston, TX US Coin Auction #1132, 1132/Lot# 1913 $3,737.50
4/22/2012 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/22/2012, 19/Lot# 47816 $4,197.60
4/28/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20658 $2,320.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7057878779751081123315801865307236154259461755636951842815383236363673957717915549411496726
73281790910101131134816752267325338294378493260257443107461813428003437316899692407949840
0000001675226732533829437849326025744310746181342800343731689969240700
0000001770266934344044449752476488793513064208853237150724802759326000
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4259
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 3072
Owner: G & R coins
 
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