Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 793,660
Catalog: KM-A74.1
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1160.52 (3/28/2015)
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1864 S $20 MS obverse 1864 S $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Before the treasures of the S.S. Brother Jonathan and the S.S. Republic were recovered, the 1864-S Liberty double eagle was one of the most difficult Type One issues to find in Mint State. The substantial mintage of 793,660 pieces assured an adequate supply of VF to AU examples, but any Uncirculated specimen was a rarity. The situation improved considerably once the coins from the famous shipwrecks entered the market. In A Guide Book of Double Eagle Gold Coins, Q. David Bowers estimates a surviving population of 45 to 60 coins in Mint State grades today. The majority of shipwreck coins seen are in the lowest Uncirculated grades, leaving coins at the MS62 level decidedly rare.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/14/2014

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Total Graded: 927
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
6/26/2005 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2057, 2057/Lot# 2255 $13,750.00
10/8/2005 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65103, 65103/Lot# 24923 $1,840.00
11/21/2005 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #63, 68/Lot# 1134 $1,874.50
8/11/2011 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(4), 1158/Lot# 5805 $2,530.00
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1882 $2,300.00
7/21/2013 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 129856 $2,750.00
8/8/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(4), 1188/Lot# 5210 $7,637.50
6/27/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2642 $9,987.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 S $20 MS
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 1928
Owner: fiddlehead
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