Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 768,000
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1251.27 (7/25/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 S $20 MS obverse 1861 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The first 19,250 double eagles coined in San Francisco early in 1861 had the special Paquet Reverse design. Once word was received to discontinue using that special reverse die, another 768,000 coins were minted with the normal Longacre reverse design. At the time they were struck, there were few if any collectors in San Francisco to preserve those coins, and virtually the entire mintage quietly slipped into the channels of commerce. The small number of Mint State coins known today, including the present example, survived purely as a matter of chance. For a denomination of such high value as a twenty dollar gold coin, the chance of survival is diminished further because of the significant face value of the coin. It was a lot of money at the time, and few could afford to have any similar pieces preserved for the future.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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1861 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2100 2500 2500 3550 3900 6250 7100 13500 18750 31000 43500 - - - - - - -
$ 2750 3750 4700 6750 8250 15000 21750 36000 48000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 828
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/20/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 205, 211/Lot# 8133 $2,723.20
2/10/2008 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2544 $5,405.00
2/1/2009 NGC XF 40   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1605 $1,150.00
2/15/2009 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2653, 2653/Lot# 2296 $1,955.00
8/4/2009 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29083, 29083/Lot# 24424 $1,380.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5352 $2,990.00
4/10/2011 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131116/Lot# 24383 $1,725.00
8/8/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(4), 1188/Lot# 5201 $9,106.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base721806896996110311731558186528353297385741724817574768201203817936270994147664243100600103345
74983692910311126130116602188298934833962438751276104855914004209903189149065763621015150
000000166021882989348339624387512761048559140042099031891490657636200
0000001762251131433670406746025437646210298159702404436683566548848100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3857
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3297
Owner: NewByzantium
 
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