Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 52
Catalog: KM-74.3
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1253.30 (4/21/2014)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1891 $20 PF obverse 1891 $20 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Aside from its obvious rarity as a proof double eagle, the date is a rarity in all grades. In addition to the 52 proofs that were coined during the year, the Philadelphia Mint produced a miniscule quantity of circulation strikes, just 1,390 pieces. The advanced collector will recognize that, for this date, proof examples are actually more plentiful than Mint State pieces. At one time in numismatics, not long after these coins were made and well into the 20th century, collectors did not differentiate between Mint State and proof examples, and a lovely Gem proof such as this piece would suffice to represent the date. Today, of course, that has changed, and substantial demand exists for both formats, which explains the importance and desirability of this piece. Only about three or four Mint State examples exist today, along with about 25 proof pieces.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/27/2013

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1891 $20 PF
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1891 $20 PF Cameo
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1891 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 21
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/3/2006 NGC PF 68   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 3581 $299,000.00
10/24/2006 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Signature Coin Auction #428, 428/Lot# 3421 $161,000.00
1/7/2009 NGC PF 67   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 4158 $184,000.00
4/28/2009 NGC PF 67   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 2771 $161,000.00
9/9/2009 NGC PF 67   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2009 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1129, 1129/Lot# 1888 $158,125.00
9/23/2013 NGC PF 68   Ultra Cameo Bonhams The Tacasyl Collection of Magnificent United States Proof Gold Coins, 20992/Lot# 1023 $157,950.00


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NGC Registry Score 1891 $20 PF
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1891 $20 PF Cameo
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Base1111111171388644102261104755636324695188491107312757130291499711
1111111238076409171104991104758166533758395901163412847136851499710
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1891 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base111111112813358344214866564417543991813112143471111
111111193830693862456951255644251583341098213523143471110
000000193830693862456951255644251583341098213523143471100
0000001187533264141471753845644502991261204713935143471100
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