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: $1098.79 (9/2/2015)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1863 S $20 MS obverse 1863 S $20 MS reverse


  
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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
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2450 2900 3500 3800 4500 7250 18500 29000 35000 56500 - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1204
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/10/2000 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2000 June Long Beach Signature Sale #230, 230/Lot# 7633 $3,105.00
4/11/2004 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1868, 1868/Lot# 1578 $1,045.00
8/14/2007 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2007 August Milwaukee, WI Final Session #445, 445/Lot# 9657 $920.00
11/18/2010 NGC MS 60   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 533, 540/Lot# 7578 $6,325.00
1/30/2011 NGC XF 40   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 2221 $1,840.00
3/28/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6315 $4,406.25
6/15/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/15/2014, 196/Lot# 196847 $5,062.20


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1886233523852417272729603061323833653639449953676616785984281197617905271384165964700101565104328
20362352239625202805299431203280345639264788578370308049961113952209833197849339769881024860
000000312032803456392647885783703080499611139522098331978493397698800
0000003179332335484212507862007445823810793159292406036819570208927700
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4499
Owner: Fog City
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4499
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
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