Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 71,000
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1023.13 (11/29/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1853 O $20 MS obverse 1853 O $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This is the last of the 'common' New Orleans Mint double eagles, with a mintage of 71,000 coins. All remaining double eagle issues from the Louisiana Mint are low-production rarities. Dave Bowers called this issue the 'gatekeeper to what becomes a series of hard-to-find New Orleans double eagles.' Typical examples are apt to grade XF or low in the AU grade level. Coinage dies were sent to New Orleans and San Francisco. Only obverse dies were sent to New Orleans, with reverse dies still available from those sent in earlier years. Breen recorded a doubled obverse die for this date, with the discovery coin appearing in Lester Merkin's auction of October 1966. From the Philadelphia Mint, five pairs of double eagle dies were actually sent to the San Francisco Mint in 1853, in anticipation of that facility beginning coinage operations. These coinage dies remained unused, and the first actual double eagle coinage occurred in 1854. However, it is certainly interesting to contemplate an 1853-S Liberty double eagle.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/6/2015

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Total Graded: 223
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62

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Auction Prices Realized

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12/30/1996 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 0906, 906/Lot# 1851 $2,162.75
3/15/2007 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2007 ANA Charlotte National Money Show Auction, Presented by Robert Korver #432, 432/Lot# 2156 $5,462.50
6/26/2011 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/26/2011, 123/Lot# 10821 $6,875.00
1/29/2012 NGC AU 58   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1874 $17,825.00
8/30/2013 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3492 $6,991.25
1/8/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1201/Lot# 7025 $5,287.50
4/22/2015 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1219/Lot# 6388 $12,925.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 O $20 MS
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 6545
Owner: Gazooty
Grade: XF 45
Points: 5285
Owner: fiddlehead
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