Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 315,000
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1196.41 (9/17/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1851 O $20 MS obverse 1851 O $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With a mintage of 315,000 pieces, this is the highest mintage double eagle issue from the New Orleans Mint, and to this day it remains the most plentiful, but it would be a mistake to call this a common date. It is a scarce issue compared to Philadelphia Mint double eagles of the same date. Coins grading VF and XF are easy enough to find, and lower quality AU examples appear on the market with some frequency, but any Choice AU or finer grade coin is elusive. Winter and Crum liked this date, and in 2002 they commented: 'Since this is the most common New Orleans double eagle, the collector can be more demanding about eye appeal than for other less readily available issues from this Mint. Attractive, original About Uncirculated-55 and About Uncirculated-58 double eagles are extremely good values at current levels.' While the numismatic market has changed since that time, such coins still seem to be good values today.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/10/2014

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1851 O $20 MS
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Base $ 2050 2150 2250 2800 4600 4600 8800 10000 14750 22000 33750 43000 62500 85000 - - - - - - -
$ 5100 9800 11000 16500 - - 48500 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 675
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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7/27/1998 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1071, 1071/Lot# 1826 $764.88
6/19/2001 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21064, 21064/Lot# 4621 $750.00
9/6/2004 PCGS VF 30   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1789 $862.50
12/20/2007 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 205, 211/Lot# 8132 $3,162.50
1/6/2010 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 4097 $5,760.35
11/3/2010 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5332 $7,187.50
10/13/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(3), 1160/Lot# 5093 $9,200.00
1/9/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 7463 $4,700.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O $20 MS
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Base777865962106711791303159618433546423950335466608974311369221737348105618191309938649647199132
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1851 O $20 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 4239
Owner: palmernck
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 1596
Owner: Coin Maven
 
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