Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 61
Catalog: KM-74.3
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1198.06 (9/17/2014)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1881 $20 PF obverse 1881 $20 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This year witnessed the first in a series of minuscule double eagle deliveries from the Philadelphia Mint that would continue through 1887. In 1883, 1884, and 1887, the Mint delivered only proofs, while in the remaining years the production of business strikes was so small that extant representatives are equally as elusive as their proof counterparts. The current issue is no exception to this rule. The Philadelphia Mint produced a mere 2,260 business strike double eagles in 1881 and 61 proof specimens. Numismatic scholars believe that, of the former, 20-25 pieces are extant. Proof survivors number no more than 18 pieces, of which one is impounded in the ANS Museum and another is part of the Smithsonian's holdings.

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


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1881 $20 PF
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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8/7/2000 PCGS PF 62   Heritage Auctions Philadelphia 2000 #232, 232/Lot# 7575 $27,025.00
8/18/2004 PCGS PF 62   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 7693 $37,375.00
4/6/2006 NGC PF 66   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 2297 $184,000.00
1/5/2011 NGC PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5285 $172,500.00
1/5/2011 NGC PF 63   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5286 $40,250.00


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NGC Registry Score 1881 $20 PF
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1881 $20 PF Cameo
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1881 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
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