Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 98
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: $1296.06 (7/14/2014)
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1904 $20 PF obverse 1904 $20 PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

As a business strike, the 1904 is notoriously common. PCGS alone has certified more than 100,000 pieces as Mint State. However, proof 1904 double eagles are rare. Just 98 pieces were struck, and perhaps half that number have survived.

The rarity of proof Liberty double eagles has its root in their bullion value. Few collectors could afford to purchase an example in 1904, a time when $20 exceeded a week's wages for most workers. When hard times arrived, such as the Great Depression, a proof double eagle was an obvious target for redemption at the bank, since the sale of such a family heirloom was better than the alternative, going hungry or without shelter. Even early 20th century dealers with financial resources, such as B. Max Mehl, would often deposit proof gold coins, since their numismatic premium was so low that they were unworthy of the effort to sell them to collectors. By the 1940s, all U.S. gold coins achieved a premium above face, and proof pieces were on their way toward their present status as 'the caviar of numismatics.'

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1904 $20 PF
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1904 $20 PF Cameo
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1904 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 41
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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10/1/1993 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions Long Beach Bullet #108, 108/Lot# 795 $13,750.00
1/7/2009 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 4162 $74,750.00
2/1/2009 PCGS PF 62   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1656 $14,950.00
4/28/2009 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 4046 $80,500.00
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7866 $3,737.50
6/17/2012 PCGS Genuine PF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/17/2012, 27/Lot# 58308 $3,135.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1904 $20 PF
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1904 $20 PF Cameo
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1111111238076409171104991104758166533758395901163412847136851499710
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1904 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base111111112813358344214866564417543991813112143471111
111111193830693862456951255644251583341098213523143471110
000000193830693862456951255644251583341098213523143471100
0000001187533264141471753845644502991261204713935143471100
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