Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 315,000
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1175.03 (3/1/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1851 O $20 MS obverse 1851 O $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

With a mintage of 315,000 pieces, this is the highest mintage double eagle issue from the New Orleans Mint, and to this day it remains the most plentiful, but it would be a mistake to call this a common date. It is a scarce issue compared to Philadelphia Mint double eagles of the same date. Coins grading VF and XF are easy enough to find, and lower quality AU examples appear on the market with some frequency, but any Choice AU or finer grade coin is elusive. Winter and Crum liked this date, and in 2002 they commented: 'Since this is the most common New Orleans double eagle, the collector can be more demanding about eye appeal than for other less readily available issues from this Mint. Attractive, original About Uncirculated-55 and About Uncirculated-58 double eagles are extremely good values at current levels.' While the numismatic market has changed since that time, such coins still seem to be good values today.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/13/2014

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Total Graded: 690
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
1/7/2004 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 7923 $5,060.00
11/21/2005 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #63, 68/Lot# 1120 $2,242.50
1/9/2008 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 4573 $5,462.50
9/20/2009 NCS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2747, 2747/Lot# 2646 $2,357.50
7/7/2011 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1157/Lot# 4984 $5,750.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7749 $14,950.00
5/27/2012 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 2068 $3,680.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 25331 $2,115.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O $20 MS
1851 O $20 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 4239
Owner: palmernck
Grade: XF 45
Points: 1596
Owner: Coin Maven
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