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: $1147.36 (5/27/2015)
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
  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: 343
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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6/7/2015 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1221/Lot# 5398


Auction Prices Realized

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1/16/2006 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction #70, 75/Lot# 1247 $862.50
9/25/2006 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2264, 2264/Lot# 2084 $3,808.00
12/2/2010 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1147/Lot# 4608 $1,725.00
1/29/2012 NGC AU 55   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1876 $3,565.00
7/1/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131228/Lot# 22734 $3,335.00
3/28/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6304 $2,820.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base72180689699611031193137115312669317737774111493564001094717163271754341269911113402116400119456
7498369291031113312521424191028383377388843855423791513019205003258752245844081144011174180
00000014241910283833773888438554237915130192050032587522458440811440100
00000014772289300735773999466059119431150912383737999610789890511540000
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 4935
Owner: Northwood Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3777
Owner: Grandman
 
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