Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 142,790
Catalog: KM-A74.1
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1151.23 (3/30/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1863 $20 MS obverse 1863 $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

At the height of the Civil War, few gold and silver coins were produced in Philadelphia, while the San Francisco Mint continued full scale operations. Among all denominations from the cent to the double eagle, Philadelphia coined 3.7 million dollars and San Francisco produced 20 million dollars. Nearly all of the mintage at each facility was in the form of double eagles. Treasure finds have yielded only a few examples, and no earlier hoards have been discovered. The remarkable Harry Bass Collection contained several examples, but the finest was just XF45. The Dallas Bank Collection contained a similar quality XF example. Higher grade coins are quite rare, as pointed out by Dave Bowers: 'The 1863 is scarce in all grades. Most are VF and EF, punctuated by occasional offerings of AU examples. True Mint State coins are so rare that many old-timers have never seen one.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/14/2014

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1863 $20 MS
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Total Graded: 187
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
4/1/1996 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0828, 828/Lot# 168 $70.85
9/26/1998 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 1998 September Long Beach Sale #192, 192/Lot# 7316 $4,255.00
12/3/2009 PCGS XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1280 $1,755.00
8/21/2011 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/21/2011, 132/Lot# 13931 $14,347.30
10/17/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3306 $14,950.00
2/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1828 $16,100.00
8/8/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5905 $19,975.00
5/4/2014 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 802, 811/Lot# 300 $10,500.00
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 12027 $76,375.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 $20 MS
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 1258
Owner: Grandman
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