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: $1136.04 (12/25/2014)
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: 11/14/2014

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1863 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2350 2900 2900 3500 3900 4900 7850 11000 18500 29000 35000 56500 - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1188
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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1/12/2015 VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7455
1/12/2015 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7456


Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
Auction House
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Price
2/11/2000 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2000 February Long Beach Sale #222, 222/Lot# 6842 $3,335.00
4/4/2005 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #33, 37/Lot# 1645 $3,277.50
9/23/2007 NGC MS 60   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3421 $5,865.00
4/24/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3053, 3053/Lot# 2192 $1,840.00
11/10/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 149271 $1,936.00
3/27/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 4109 $13,512.50


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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