Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 6,600
Catalog: KM-74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1119.01 (10/10/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1860 O $20 MS obverse 1860 O $20 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The New Orleans Mint, unlike its counterparts at Charlotte and Dahlonega, was equipped to produce gold denominations higher than the half eagle. Ten dollar gold pieces with an 'O' mintmark appeared in 1841, and the Louisiana facility struck double eagles alongside Philadelphia in 1850, the first year of production for twenty dollar gold. After the early years, however, the New Orleans Mint's production of double eagles slowed and became erratic. In 1860, against the backdrop of swiftly deteriorating national unity, that year's issue amounted to just 6,600 pieces.

While the 1860-O is not accorded the 'stopper' status of issues such as the 1854-O and 1856-O, it is one of the more challenging Southern double eagles, and in better grades it proves just as elusive as its better-known predecessors.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/8/2015

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Total Graded: 59
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 60

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
10/28/1998 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1100, 1100/Lot# 1964 $4,325.50
7/9/2009 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2009 July West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1127, 1127/Lot# 1982 $69,000.00
1/9/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5929 $35,250.00
1/8/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5523 $47,000.00
8/5/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5700 $55,812.50
1/7/2015 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1216/Lot# 4372 $30,550.00
5/20/2015 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers The Rarities Sale, 6109/Lot# 82 $55,812.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1860 O $20 MS
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