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: $1119.01 (10/9/2015)
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/14/2014

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

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Total Graded: 359
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
1/8/2007 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 121, 126/Lot# 2849 $776.25
7/30/2007 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2401, 2401/Lot# 2449 $3,696.00
1/29/2012 NGC AU 55   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1876 $3,565.00
1/9/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 7468 $5,287.50
1/8/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1201/Lot# 7032 $3,055.00
6/4/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1206/Lot# 5855 $2,115.00
2/6/2015 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2605 $2,820.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 $20 MS
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6545
Owner: Northwood Collection
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4141
Owner: Grandman
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