Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 158
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: $1235.40 (8/21/2014)
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1903 $20 PF obverse 1903 $20 PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

Although the mintage of proof 1903 double eagles is given as 158 coins--the highest of the Liberty Head series--this is a case where original mintage figures are meaningless. Most of those original proofs have long since disappeared. To survive to the present day, a proof 1903 Liberty twenty had to endure the Panic of 1907, World War I, the 1929 Stock Market Crash, the Great Depression, the Gold Recall of 1933--and any number of the unknown personal catastrophes that befall collectors from time to time. In addition, it had to be carefully stored, to prevent the value-destroying contact marks to which large proof gold coins are especially prone. (Some impaired proofs survive, including one graded PR50.) Estimates are that today, only 40 to 50 proof examples survive in all grades.

More important than estimating survivors is a comment that Garrett and Guth offer in their gold Encyclopedia concerning the 1903 proof twenty:

'In recent years the demand for examples of the [Liberty Head] type in Proof has increased dramatically. The supply will most likely never meet the demand for these large, impressive coins.'

There is a reason for that huge demand, beside the unceasing hot market for gold overall: The Liberty Head coins in proof format are the last of the nation's 'traditional' mirrored gold proof coinage, desirable and ultimately pleasing collector-grade examples of the largest gold denomination.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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1903 $20 PF
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1903 $20 PF Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 38
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 65


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1/12/2005 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 30546 $32,775.00
2/10/2008 NGC PF 64   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2594 $39,100.00
8/11/2011 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7673 $40,250.00
1/29/2012 NGC PF 64   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1919 $37,950.00
5/30/2012 NGC PF 64   Cameo Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4432 $40,250.00
12/17/2013 NGC PF 65   Cameo Bonhams Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of US Gold Coins, 21037/Lot# 1274 $105,300.00
1/8/2014 PCGS PF 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1201/Lot# 7255 $7,050.00
3/27/2014 NGC PF 65   Cameo Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 4121 $63,450.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 $20 PF
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1903 $20 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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1111111238076409171104991104758166533758395901163412847136851499710
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1903 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base111111112813358344214866564417543991813112143471111
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0000001187533264141471753845644502991261204713935143471100
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