Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,053,026
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1023.13 (11/30/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1852 $20 MS obverse 1852 $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The first 'golden era' of double eagle strikings at the Philadelphia Mint began with the famous unique pattern in 1849 and continued until the opening of the San Francisco Mint in 1854. As the larger and more logical outlet to strike the massive coins, Philadelphia received the lion's share of the work, the first four years of the regular issue saw more than a million pieces struck each time, and for the two dates in the middle, 1851 and 1852, there were mintages in the multiple millions.

A high mintage, however, does not guarantee availability in high grades on its own. The 1852 twenties were meant to circulate, and circulate they did. Q. David Bowers writes in A Guide Book of Double Eagle Gold Coins, 'As the mintage of over two million pieces might suggest, the 1852 is plentiful today. Most are in grades such as VF and EF, with occasional examples in AU coming on the market, punctuated at long intervals by Mint State coins. Among the latter are a few choice and gem pieces.?

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/6/2015

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1852 $20 MS
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2150 2400 3000 3350 3850 5200 11000 18500 25000 80000 - - - - - -
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Total Graded: 1876
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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12/6/2015 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1227/Lot# 4699

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7/3/2005 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2060, 2060/Lot# 2218 $1,265.00
9/13/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #416, 416/Lot# 4020 $2,760.00
7/17/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 266, 272/Lot# 6191 $2,012.50
2/1/2009 NGC MS 60   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1596 $3,450.00
12/3/2009 PCGS AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1275 $2,925.00
3/31/2011 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6870 $6,325.00
7/7/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1157/Lot# 4986 $3,737.50
6/22/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 202550 $3,696.00
8/8/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4396 $2,937.50
1/7/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7372 $4,700.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 $20 MS
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 4458
Owner: davidmckay
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3919
Owner: Grandman
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