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: $1099.76 (10/5/2015)
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
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2150 2575 3250 3500 3950 5300 13500 18500 25000 85000 - - - - - -
$ 2900 3400 3700 - - 14750 - - - - - - -

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Total Graded: 1696
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
11/28/2001 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1511, 1511/Lot# 1723 $764.88
1/25/2004 NGC AU 50   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 3378 $719.00
9/6/2009 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3447 $1,380.00
12/3/2009 PCGS AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1275 $2,925.00
9/22/2010 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 5548 $3,450.00
3/25/2012 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 43067 $2,393.60
6/2/2013 NGC VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 754, 763/Lot# 318 $2,300.00
3/27/2015 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 7410 $3,818.75

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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