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: $1155.68 (6/2/2015)
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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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Total Graded: 965
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63

Upcoming Auctions

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
6/7/2015 XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1221/Lot# 5412
6/7/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 4342

Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
2/12/1997 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0919, 919/Lot# 1792 $633.00
9/23/2007 NGC MS 60   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3420 $8,337.50
1/29/2009 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 328, 334/Lot# 9083 $1,552.50
3/25/2012 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 43090 $2,970.00
8/8/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5904 $27,025.00
8/30/2013 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3506 $2,643.75
8/30/2013 NGC   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3508 $1,762.50
2/3/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 8728 $2,350.00

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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