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: $1136.04 (12/25/2014)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/14/2014

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1864 S $20 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 915
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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1/12/2015 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7459


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11/23/1998 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1107, 1107/Lot# 1957 $1,266.00
3/2/2000 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2000 Ft. Lauderdale Bullet Sale #223, 223/Lot# 640 $3,220.00
5/31/2004 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2634 $1,035.00
5/14/2007 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 141, 146/Lot# 2230 $862.50
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 2222 $18,975.00
7/21/2013 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 129856 $2,750.00
8/30/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3510 $3,642.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6537318179081081113815831928265130213482374742904935624810429152972277634388525998142483771
679759847965110012861698216927743174357039284505537276411205117790266464045862207822060
000000169821692774317435703928450553727641120511779026646404586220700
000000181324102897332836584109472058109035136742028330517465287181500
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 1928
Owner: fiddlehead
 
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