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: $1203.38 (10/22/2014)
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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: 9/4/2014

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1863 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2150 2900 2900 3350 3850 4850 7400 11000 17500 28000 35000 56500 - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1181
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


Upcoming Auctions

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Grade
Auction House
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11/10/2014 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1211/Lot# 5277
11/10/2014 AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1211/Lot# 5276
11/15/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1215/Lot# 3375


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/11/2003 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23033, 23033/Lot# 11413 $2,127.50
9/10/2006 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2259 $3,565.00
10/2/2008 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 288, 294/Lot# 9876 $1,552.50
3/28/2009 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 3248 $4,168.75
9/6/2009 NGC MS 60   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3451 $6,670.00
6/20/2010 NGC VF 35   Teletrade Auction 2874, 2874/Lot# 2767 $1,840.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5354 $3,335.00
12/2/2010 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1147/Lot# 4615 $8,337.50
1/26/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/26/2014, 165/Lot# 167706 $1,857.77


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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