Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 59,011
Catalog: KM-74.3
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1174.35 (10/2/2014)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1905 $20 MS obverse 1905 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

For mintages of Liberty double eagles at Philadelphia in the 20th century, there is little middle ground, mintages are either million-plus, as is the case with the 1904 and 1907 issues, or lower six figures and below. With its mintage of 58,919 pieces, the 1905 is part of a trio of issues with five-figure production, along with the 1902 and 1906. One may surmise that the over 6 million double eagles Philadelphia coined in 1904 crowded out the possibilities for large mintages in the next two years.

Many survivors from this issue come from overseas sources, as Garrett and Guth note, 'Most of the coins seen have been plucked from gold shipments that have returned to the United States in recent years. The average coin grades AU-58 to MS-61.' The population data are consistent with those from other repatriated issues. For a number of years, MS64 was the best condition known for the issue. Among other authorities, Garrett and Guth, in their 2006 edition of Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins, stated that 'none are known' in MS65. The appearance of a Gem is a recent development.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/8/2014

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1905 $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1660 1670 1670 1800 1850 2275 2450 2675 3500 6350 17000 36000 75000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 4250 7500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 780
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


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6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1562 $845.25
5/27/2007 NGC MS 63   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1800 $10,925.00
2/4/2009 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 3081 $2,300.00
9/9/2009 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2743, 2743/Lot# 1916 $1,495.00
1/27/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131306/Lot# 25023 $1,762.50
6/3/2013 PCGS AU 50   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1270 $1,755.00
12/5/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 5270 $2,585.00
3/23/2014 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 178771 $1,399.20
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 12117 $2,232.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1905 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base572644721806896916941966112012131342142115051634179959737198853012384182612732441447
596669749836902924949101711511256136814491548168931906381764298141434321282320310
00000094910171151125613681449154816893190638176429814143432128200
000000957106811821299139414771591174445816789808611099163022430300
1905 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33339539749991025118612841418150115891723189562057465883212781187902803742416
33331996098210071078121813281445153016331780333166257920101481478421872328300
0000001007107812181328144515301633178033316625792010148147842187200
0000001016113212511373147315591678183747687045837611464167872495400
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1505
Owner: davidmckay
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1505
Owner: tonystl
 
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