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: $1098.79 (8/31/2015)
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.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/10/2015

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1851 O $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 2050 2150 2300 3400 5000 9150 11500 14750 22750 47500 63500 90000 - - - - - - -
$ 5750 - 12750 16000 - 50000 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 702
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Sale / Lot
Price
11/21/2005 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #63, 68/Lot# 1120 $2,242.50
7/5/2006 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2006 July Dallas, TX Coin Signature Auction #407, 407/Lot# 1637 $7,762.50
9/27/2007 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #446, 446/Lot# 3755 $6,900.00
9/14/2008 NGC AU 55   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1580 $7,475.00
2/1/2009 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #69022, 69022/Lot# 62414 $5,175.00
10/31/2011 NGC Details VF Details  Teletrade Auction 3164, 3164/Lot# 1921 $1,700.00
5/30/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4407 $13,311.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2048249525552643319438174507497054666048716883389415104301369221737348105618191309938649647199132
219725152584282734024047466151355660642175588697975311517163742609541934678909216194733973580
00000046615135566064217558869797531151716374260954193467890921619473300
000000481653015854679579489056100921260519055304524905779600930129560200
1851 O $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2154261726802770334039844696517256846282743486359740107801412011119563611
230826382710296035554221485553435883666678349003100871189314120111318799563610
000000485553435883666678349003100871189314120111318799563600
000000501355136083705082359372104331300714120111637589563600
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 6048
Owner: palmernck
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 4507
Owner: Coin Maven
 
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