Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 966,570
Catalog: KM-A74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1097.34 (10/5/2015)
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1863 S $20 MS obverse 1863 S $20 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Prior to the discovery of the S.S. Brother Jonathan treasure, the 1863-S was one of the scarcest San Francisco issues of its era in high grades. Dave Bowers, who handled the treasure, commented: 'The treasure from the S.S. Brother Jonathan brought to market a group of AU and Mint State coins, accounting for most of the higher grade pieces known today, although at least a dozen different Mint State coins were on the market in earlier times.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/13/2015

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1863 S $20 MS
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2450 2900 3500 3800 4500 7250 18500 29000 35000 56500 - - - - - -
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Total Graded: 1235
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

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Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
4/6/2006 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 2158 $1,552.50
9/2/2007 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2416, 2416/Lot# 2584 $4,592.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 2077 $4,370.00
12/9/2012 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 729, 738/Lot# 239 $17,750.00
8/30/2013 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3509 $1,762.50
1/8/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1201/Lot# 7085 $2,820.00
1/26/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/26/2014, 165/Lot# 167706 $1,857.77
8/10/2014 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 816, 825/Lot# 357 $2,000.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 S $20 MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4499
Owner: Fog City
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4499
Owner: ftrifilio5
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