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: $1118.14 (10/13/2015)
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: 4/10/2015

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1851 O $20 MS
Base $ 2050 2150 2300 3400 5000 9150 11500 14750 22750 47500 63500 90000 - - - - - - -
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Total Graded: 715
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63

Upcoming Auctions

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11/1/2015 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1225/Lot# 3598
11/1/2015 AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1225/Lot# 3597

Auction Prices Realized

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2/25/2001 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1410, 1410/Lot# 1326 $712.13
8/8/2007 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2007 Milwaukee, WI (ANA) Signature Coin Auction #444, 444/Lot# 3269 $2,415.00
12/20/2007 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 205, 211/Lot# 8132 $3,162.50
1/30/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 2216 $2,415.00
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
3/8/2012 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1168/Lot# 4184 $5,922.50
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5925 $38,187.50
8/30/2013 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3486 $4,846.88

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O $20 MS
1851 O $20 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 6048
Owner: palmernck
Grade: XF 45
Points: 4507
Owner: Coin Maven
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