Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 364,666
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1097.92 (8/30/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1855 $20 MS obverse 1855 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This date is clearly much scarcer than it is given credit for, and when encountered, it is usually only found in VF or XF grades, and occasionally in the lowest AU grades. Winter and Crum commented, for example: 'The 1855 double eagle is usually viewed as a common date. It is actually quite scarce in any grade better than About Uncirculated-53 and it is a truly rare coin in Uncirculated grades.' Although the recovery of coins from the S.S. Republic has changed the scene for Type One double eagles over the past couple years, this issue remains elusive in top grades.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/14/2014

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1855 $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2050 2250 2850 3500 4300 6000 18000 24500 65000 - - - - - - -
$ 2450 3100 3750 4750 7000 - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 350
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


Upcoming Auctions

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Grade
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9/20/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1224/Lot# 4214
9/20/2015 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1224/Lot# 5210


Auction Prices Realized

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Service
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11/12/1993 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions St. Louis Bullet #110, 110/Lot# 823 $5,610.00
1/17/1996 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 0807, 807/Lot# 861 $4,536.50
8/2/1997 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1997 ANA Signature Sale #175, 175/Lot# 7822 $9,487.50
11/26/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 198, 204/Lot# 117 $2,185.00
5/29/2011 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1693 $4,830.00
3/28/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6304 $2,820.00
6/4/2014 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1206/Lot# 5854 $3,290.00
8/12/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1223/Lot# 6342 $5,170.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base188623352385241724952614293630093238356441415702654573741094717163271754341269911113402116400119456
2036235223962443253527212960308533473756466159836821856513019205003258752245844081144011174190
00000029603085334737564661598368218565130192050032587522458440811440100
00000029853162345539495182626470989756150912383838000610789890511540100
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6545
Owner: Northwood Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4141
Owner: Grandman
 
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