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: $1160.52 (3/28/2015)
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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: 11/14/2014

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

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Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
9/17/2003 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2003 September Long Beach Signature Sale #330, 330/Lot# 8284 $862.50
4/30/2006 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2197, 2197/Lot# 2271 $1,680.00
5/1/2008 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 243, 249/Lot# 6433 $1,437.50
2/1/2009 NGC XF 45   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1606 $1,437.50
4/22/2012 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/22/2012, 19/Lot# 47816 $4,197.60
5/12/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20800 $2,320.63
7/4/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21622 $2,761.25
1/29/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1217/Lot# 3319 $6,168.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 S $20 MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4259
Owner: Grandman
Grade: AU 53
Points: 3072
Owner: G & R coins
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NGC Certifies Newly-Retrieved Gold

11/1/2003  — Thirty-eight gold double eagles of the San Francisco Mint have been certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation as having come from the final dive on Brother Jonathan, a steamship lost to the sea in 1865.
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