Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 251,880
Catalog: KM-74.2
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1245.95 (9/1/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1872 $20 MS obverse 1872 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In his Guide Book of Double Eagle Gold Coins, Q. David Bowers (2004) notes that Type Two P-mint double eagles rarely circulated on the East Coast: 'Most Philadelphia coins were exported and melted, while others were sent to the West. Double eagles of this mint were not used in commerce to a great extent ... ' While this accounts for the availability of pieces in higher circulated grades and even lower Mint State grades, Select and finer pieces remain highly elusive.

Winter and Fuljenz, in their Type Two Double Eagles 1866-1876, comment on how challenging finding visually appealing 1872 double eagles can be: 'It is possible to locate a specimen with well-defined hair, sharp stars and a crisply detailed reverse. It is not as easy, however, to find a piece which has clean surfaces.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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1872 $20 MS
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Base $ 1650 1675 1700 1850 1920 1920 2250 2800 3000 4150 7200 13150 22000 39000 87500 - - - - - -
$ 2100 2400 2900 3150 4500 8000 15500 25000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 645
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64


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9/6/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1209/Lot# 4551
9/6/2014 AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 8752


Auction Prices Realized

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4/29/1998 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1045, 1045/Lot# 2111 $501.13
9/24/1999 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1999 September Long Beach Sale #212, 212/Lot# 6799 $1,322.50
5/4/2005 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2005 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Auction #372, 372/Lot# 8958 $1,955.00
5/27/2007 NGC AU 53   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1715 $805.00
2/24/2010 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 40/Lot# 5414 $1,495.00
3/8/2012 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1168/Lot# 4261 $5,175.00
5/5/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/05/2013, 73/Lot# 105718 $1,596.11
8/30/2013 NGC   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4957 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base600672752838933108111031124164419132252244832384694661610217156052412237706595379487697504
62469878086998210881110129717332026231727113723533478161201318444286504498371316957520
000000111012971733202623172711372353347816120131844428650449837131600
000000111714701823213923822974420859759016138092128333178522608309600
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1913
Owner: swiss
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1141
Owner: Durham Collection
 
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