Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 80
Catalog: KM-74.1
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1259.49 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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Description & Analysis

A fledgling community of numismatists in this country prompted the United States Mint in Philadelphia to commence issuing proof gold coinage on a limited basis in the years just prior to the Civil War. The number of proof Double Eagles recorded as being produced in 1859 (a mere 80 pieces) no doubt proved to too many, as only a handful of recognizable proofs survive today.

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Last Updated: 6/11/2013

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1859 $20 PF
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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1/28/2004 NGC PF 58   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 7588 $14,375.00
9/13/2006 NGC PF 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #416, 416/Lot# 4434 $17,250.00


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NGC Registry Score 1859 $20 PF
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