Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 141,000
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1023.91 (11/30/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1850 O $20 MS obverse 1850 O $20 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The 1850-O, with a mintage of 141,000 pieces, was the first double eagle struck at the New Orleans Mint. This, and its status as the first-year regular-issue twenty dollar gold piece, places it in strong demand. Most examples are in the VF-XF grade range, where a little more than 200 pieces have been certified by NGC and PCGS. An additional 150 or so coins have been certified in the various AU grade levels. Mint State 1850-Os are downright rare, as the population reports indicate.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/5/2015

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1850 O $20 MS
Base $ 1900 2200 2850 4600 7700 17250 21750 32500 47000 145000 - - - - - - - - -
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Total Graded: 319
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 62

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
5/1/2005 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2033, 2033/Lot# 1852 $4,290.00
11/21/2005 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #63, 68/Lot# 1119 $2,817.50
2/11/2007 NGC AU 55   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2502 $14,375.00
9/17/2008 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116, 1116/Lot# 4017 $7,475.00
7/12/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1172/Lot# 5065 $16,100.00
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 69   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/02/2012, 38/Lot# 68674 $797.50
10/17/2012 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5650 $7,187.50
10/18/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 6141 $18,800.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 O $20 MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 9886
Owner: Northwest Collection
Grade: AU 53
Points: 6951
Owner: Gazooty
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