Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 966,570
Catalog: KM-A74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1266.36 (7/26/2014)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1863 S $20 MS obverse 1863 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Prior to the discovery of the S.S. Brother Jonathan treasure, the 1863-S was one of the scarcest San Francisco issues of its era in high grades. Dave Bowers, who handled the treasure, commented: 'The treasure from the S.S. Brother Jonathan brought to market a group of AU and Mint State coins, accounting for most of the higher grade pieces known today, although at least a dozen different Mint State coins were on the market in earlier times.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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1863 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2150 2800 2800 3300 3700 4600 6675 10500 16900 25000 33000 53350 - - - - - -
$ 3100 3550 4050 5000 7900 11500 20000 27500 37000 58000 - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1164
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


Upcoming Auctions

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Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
8/9/2014 XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 4112
8/9/2014 VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 4111
8/9/2014 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5707
8/9/2014 AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 4113


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/12/1996 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 0866, 866/Lot# 2010 $501.13
9/29/2002 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Bullet Sale #301, 301/Lot# 2581 $2,472.50
1/8/2003 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 8965 $6,325.00
4/4/2005 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #33, 37/Lot# 1645 $3,277.50
9/23/2007 NGC MS 60   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3421 $5,865.00
9/27/2007 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #446, 446/Lot# 3790 $3,450.00
7/27/2013 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 31287 $1,821.25
11/10/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 149271 $1,936.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base721806896996110312461507173025602966346537474694574769511197617905271384165964700101565104328
74983692910311150133315812006269531323559406250456148862613952209823197849339769881024860
000000158120062695313235594062504561488626139522098231978493397698800
0000001655228328303298365343785396654910301159282406036818570198927600
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3465
Owner: Fog City
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3465
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
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