Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 142,790
Catalog: KM-A74.1
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1257.56 (7/29/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1863 $20 MS obverse 1863 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

At the height of the Civil War, few gold and silver coins were produced in Philadelphia, while the San Francisco Mint continued full scale operations. Among all denominations from the cent to the double eagle, Philadelphia coined 3.7 million dollars and San Francisco produced 20 million dollars. Nearly all of the mintage at each facility was in the form of double eagles. Treasure finds have yielded only a few examples, and no earlier hoards have been discovered. The remarkable Harry Bass Collection contained several examples, but the finest was just XF45. The Dallas Bank Collection contained a similar quality XF example. Higher grade coins are quite rare, as pointed out by Dave Bowers: 'The 1863 is scarce in all grades. Most are VF and EF, punctuated by occasional offerings of AU examples. True Mint State coins are so rare that many old-timers have never seen one.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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1863 $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2200 2300 2450 2800 4750 4750 12000 13000 15000 25000 32000 37000 43500 56500 - - - - - - -
$ 5250 12500 13500 17500 30000 35000 40000 48500 63000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 188
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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8/9/2014 AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 4109


Auction Prices Realized

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9/21/2005 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Signature Auction #384, 384/Lot# 4984 $19,550.00
12/3/2009 PCGS XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1280 $1,755.00
8/21/2011 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/21/2011, 132/Lot# 13931 $14,347.30
9/18/2011 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3139, 3139/Lot# 2751 $2,700.00
2/28/2012 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7825 $3,162.50
2/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1828 $16,100.00
8/8/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5905 $19,975.00
5/4/2014 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 802, 811/Lot# 300 $10,500.00
6/4/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4912 $11,750.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7218068969961103125816541969369744035214565660896685743114386216253294150801792338153483885
7498369291031115413901759254539324673536158006287693397491679925397388946027880000823170
000000175925453932467353615800628769339749167992539738894602788000000
0000001864312141674943550859446486718212067192122916944847697558076700
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 4403
Owner: izikas
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 1258
Owner: Grandman
 
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