Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 155,185
Catalog: KM-74.2
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1155.39 (12/29/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 $20 MS obverse 1870 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1870 Liberty Head double eagle was produced in adequate quantities, but the issue is seldom encountered today, especially in Mint State grades. Collecting large denomination gold coins did not become popular until the 1930s, and the few collectors who did pursue double eagle collections usually opted for proof specimens to represent the date.

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Last Updated: 11/15/2014

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1870 $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - 2150 2350 2600 2600 3900 5500 7600 9500 23500 34000 42500 72500 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - 11000 - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 257
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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7/31/2000 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1340, 1340/Lot# 1705 $764.88
6/5/2002 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2002 June Long Beach Signature Sale #292, 292/Lot# 6914 $4,025.00
11/21/2005 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #63, 68/Lot# 1140 $793.50
6/1/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1156/Lot# 4921 $4,600.00
6/14/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 9746 $1,610.00
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 118833 $5,638.60
7/11/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1187/Lot# 3418 $8,812.50
1/8/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1201/Lot# 10220 $2,056.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base727811903100211101339161118432810327038284141493566851115317329272134315169027111297114254117268
7558419361038118614291688216529633456393244055518817413211206233252551776831171122821152580
00000016882165296334563932440555188174132112062332525517768311711228200
00000017652487311636424036467061019663152702391837838604019720711326800
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