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: $1099.76 (10/5/2015)
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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: 4/13/2015

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Total Graded: 974
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
4/5/2001 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2001 April Indianapolis, IN (CSNS) Signature Sale #256, 256/Lot# 7965 $1,035.00
7/27/2002 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2002 July New York, NY Signature Sale #296, 296/Lot# 9507 $4,830.00
5/5/2004 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 9996 $3,680.00
5/21/2006 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2206, 2206/Lot# 2212 $1,680.00
5/14/2007 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 141, 146/Lot# 2230 $862.50
5/25/2008 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4763 $4,255.00
7/21/2013 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 129856 $2,750.00
3/28/2014 PCGS VF 35   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6317 $2,115.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 S $20 MS
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 3126
Owner: fiddlehead
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