Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 30
Catalog: KM-74.3
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 (7/30/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1879 $20 PF obverse 1879 $20 PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

An exceedingly rare proof double eagle, one of a mere 30 pieces that were originally produced in 1879. Of that number, Akers estimates that only 10 or 11 pieces are extant, while Breen states that only 8-10 pieces survived.

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Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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1879 $20 PF
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1879 $20 PF Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 65


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5/5/2000 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2000 Central States Sale #226, 226/Lot# 7892 $83,375.00
6/3/2004 NGC PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2004 June Long Beach Signature Sale #349, 349/Lot# 6375 $57,500.00
9/9/2004 NGC PF 61   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2004 September Long Beach Signature Sale #355, 355/Lot# 7984 $21,850.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $20 PF
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1879 $20 PF Cameo
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1879 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
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