Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 793,660
Catalog: KM-A74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1239.56 (8/22/2014)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1864 S $20 MS obverse 1864 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Before the treasures of the S.S. Brother Jonathan and the S.S. Republic were recovered, the 1864-S Liberty double eagle was one of the most difficult Type One issues to find in Mint State. The substantial mintage of 793,660 pieces assured an adequate supply of VF to AU examples, but any Uncirculated specimen was a rarity. The situation improved considerably once the coins from the famous shipwrecks entered the market. In A Guide Book of Double Eagle Gold Coins, Q. David Bowers estimates a surviving population of 45 to 60 coins in Mint State grades today. The majority of shipwreck coins seen are in the lowest Uncirculated grades, leaving coins at the MS62 level decidedly rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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1864 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2150 2500 2500 3200 3500 4600 7600 11500 17000 26000 44000 62500 145000 - - - - -
$ 2700 3400 3750 5000 8500 12500 20500 29000 50000 75000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 900
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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11/21/2005 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #63, 68/Lot# 1134 $1,874.50
3/21/2007 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2343, 2343/Lot# 2295 $2,016.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 2222 $18,975.00
11/18/2012 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/18/2012, 49/Lot# 85361 $2,365.00
2/3/2014 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1202/Lot# 4833 $2,585.00
3/28/2014 PCGS VF 35   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6317 $2,115.00
6/4/2014 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1206/Lot# 5882 $2,058.60
8/5/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 4118 $3,818.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6537318179081081113815831928265130213482374742904935624810429152972277634388525998142483771
679759847965110012861698216927743174357039284505537276411205117790266464045862207822060
000000169821692774317435703928450553727641120511779026646404586220700
000000181324102897332836584109472058109035136742028330517465287181500
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 1928
Owner: fiddlehead
 
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