Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 92
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: $1246.14 (8/29/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1905 $20 PF obverse 1905 $20 PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

After the enormous double eagle productions in 1904 at both Philadelphia and San Francisco totaling 11.4 million coins, the business strike production of the 1905-P issue was a meager 58,819 pieces. Moreover, the few gold collectors of that era preferred proof coins to Mint State business strikes, most business strikes entered circulation. Both of those factors actually contribute today to the rarity of the proof issue: Few high-grade Mint State business strikes were saved to begin with, and, despite the recorded mintage of 92 proofs, some were undoubtedly spent during the next two or three decades when economic hard times hit. Garrett and Guth (2006) comment concerning the 1905 proofs: 'Based on population data and auction records, it can be estimated that only 30 to 40 coins of the date have survived. Many undoubtedly entered circulation, as there are several impaired examples known. No gem coins of the date have been sold at auction in recent years.'

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Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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1905 $20 PF
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1905 $20 PF Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 23
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
9/21/1996 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 1996 September Long Beach Sale #162, 162/Lot# 6695 $19,250.00
7/20/2004 NGC PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2004 July New York, NY Signature Sale #320, 320/Lot# 8592 $56,350.00
8/18/2004 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 7709 $80,500.00
5/27/2007 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1799 $46,000.00
5/25/2008 NGC PF 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4480 $40,250.00
8/15/2011 NGC PF 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7785 $40,250.00
1/29/2012 PCGS PF 58   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1932 $10,005.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1905 $20 PF
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000000220329443429377541284614542559777521101421142414048197542368400
000000247831343534391142094939558662078605105941180115919217192368400
1905 $20 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111171388644102261104755636324695188491107312757130291499711
1111111238076409171104991104758166533758395901163412847136851499710
0000001238076409171104991104758166533758395901163412847136851499700
00000014759814296981077311047607067428216103311219512938143411499700
1905 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111112813358344214866564417543991813112143471111
111111193830693862456951255644251583341098213523143471110
000000193830693862456951255644251583341098213523143471100
0000001187533264141471753845644502991261204713935143471100
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