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: $1089.02 (9/3/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
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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: 1/29/2015

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1852 $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2150 2575 3250 3500 3950 5300 13500 18500 25000 85000 - - - - - -
$ 2900 3400 3700 - - 14750 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1642
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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9/20/2015 XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1224/Lot# 5208


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2/17/1997 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0920, 920/Lot# 1814 $527.50
7/25/2005 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #47, 52/Lot# 823 $1,219.00
5/28/2008 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 3525 $2,990.00
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
8/30/2013 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3489 $1,938.75
8/31/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 214420 $2,560.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18862335238524172555279430073126323834273919445858366616743111529123151401720348300034489168089
2036235223962463263528653047316333013591409949176096688887971179112882161272356634966526240
000000304731633301359140994917609668888797117911288216127235663496600
0000003086320133643755427853776356715910163120531345018238267853992800
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 4458
Owner: davidmckay
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3919
Owner: Grandman
 
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