Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 71,000
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1177.45 (9/20/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1853 O $20 MS obverse 1853 O $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is the last of the 'common' New Orleans Mint double eagles, with a mintage of 71,000 coins. All remaining double eagle issues from the Louisiana Mint are low-production rarities. Dave Bowers called this issue the 'gatekeeper to what becomes a series of hard-to-find New Orleans double eagles.' Typical examples are apt to grade XF or low in the AU grade level. Coinage dies were sent to New Orleans and San Francisco. Only obverse dies were sent to New Orleans, with reverse dies still available from those sent in earlier years. Breen recorded a doubled obverse die for this date, with the discovery coin appearing in Lester Merkin's auction of October 1966. From the Philadelphia Mint, five pairs of double eagle dies were actually sent to the San Francisco Mint in 1853, in anticipation of that facility beginning coinage operations. These coinage dies remained unused, and the first actual double eagle coinage occurred in 1854. However, it is certainly interesting to contemplate an 1853-S Liberty double eagle.

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1853 O $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 231
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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6/10/2001 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1446, 1446/Lot# 1002 $1,318.75
1/3/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 3559 $17,250.00
1/29/2012 NGC AU 58   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1874 $17,825.00
3/8/2012 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1168/Lot# 4195 $9,200.00
6/3/2012 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/03/2012, 25/Lot# 55305 $7,701.10
8/8/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(4), 1188/Lot# 5178 $10,575.00
8/30/2013 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3492 $6,991.25
1/8/2014 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1201/Lot# 7024 $7,087.60


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 O $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7778659621067117915312009238542645035591864007198815315862252174043165325106273109131112045115016
806897997110412961690213430114521532960786666751610722189803028848729789741072251101021130350
0000002134301145215329607866667516107221898030288487297897410722511010200
0000002259363747785623623969327834132922209835359570279262310817811107300
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5035
Owner: Gazooty
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 4264
Owner: izikas
 
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