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: $1053.32 (8/4/2015)
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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: 1189
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


Upcoming Auctions

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Date
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
8/16/2015 XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1223/Lot# 6381
8/16/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1223/Lot# 6383
8/16/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1223/Lot# 6384


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
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Price
4/21/1997 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 0938, 938/Lot# 1908 $1,318.75
5/28/2003 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2003 May Long Beach Signature Sale #324, 324/Lot# 6830 $6,037.50
7/23/2007 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 161, 166/Lot# 2245 $1,150.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 2077 $4,370.00
4/1/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 8103 $1,938.75
6/15/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/15/2014, 196/Lot# 196847 $5,062.20
6/27/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2639 $7,637.50
2/26/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1218/Lot# 4229 $4,935.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base721806896996110312461507173025602966346537474694574769511197617905271384165964700101565104328
74983692910311150133315812006269531323559406250456148862613952209823197849339769881024860
000000158120062695313235594062504561488626139522098231978493397698800
0000001655228328303298365343785396654910301159282406036818570198927600
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3465
Owner: Fog City
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3465
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
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