Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 854,173
Catalog: KM-A74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1165.35 (4/18/2015)
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1862 S $20 MS obverse 1862 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The sale of the S.S. Brother Jonathan treasure included 68 different examples of this date. However, only one piece was graded Mint State (with environmental damage) and only one other was graded AU58. After that, about 40 lower quality AU grade coins were offered. Even though the rarity of this issue was noticeably diminished when that treasure was discovered and dispersed, it is still quite rare in top grades. About a dozen Mint State coins were found in the S.S. Republic treasure.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/13/2015

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1862 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 971
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


Upcoming Auctions

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Date
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
4/26/2015 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1219/Lot# 6420
4/26/2015 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1219/Lot# 6419


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/26/2004 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1940, 1940/Lot# 1578 $2,860.00
9/23/2007 NGC MS 60   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3420 $8,337.50
5/28/2008 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 3584 $9,775.00
8/28/2011 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/28/2011, 133/Lot# 15647 $2,475.00
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7824 $2,415.00
4/22/2012 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131218/Lot# 23055 $2,070.00
6/8/2014 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 807, 816/Lot# 7269 $9,175.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7057878779751081123315801865307236154259461755636951842815383236363673957717915549411496726
73281790910101131134816752267325338294378493260257443107461813428003437316899692407949840
0000001675226732533829437849326025744310746181342800343731689969240700
0000001770266934344044449752476488793513064208853237150724802759326000
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4259
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 3072
Owner: G & R coins
 
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