Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 251,880
Catalog: KM-74.2
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1175.03 (3/1/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1872 $20 MS obverse 1872 $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

In his Guide Book of Double Eagle Gold Coins, Q. David Bowers (2004) notes that Type Two P-mint double eagles rarely circulated on the East Coast: 'Most Philadelphia coins were exported and melted, while others were sent to the West. Double eagles of this mint were not used in commerce to a great extent ... ' While this accounts for the availability of pieces in higher circulated grades and even lower Mint State grades, Select and finer pieces remain highly elusive.

Winter and Fuljenz, in their Type Two Double Eagles 1866-1876, comment on how challenging finding visually appealing 1872 double eagles can be: 'It is possible to locate a specimen with well-defined hair, sharp stars and a crisply detailed reverse. It is not as easy, however, to find a piece which has clean surfaces.'

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/17/2014

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1872 $20 MS
Base $ 1650 1675 1700 1800 1825 1825 2350 2775 2950 3850 7000 11750 21700 39000 87500 - - - - - -
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Total Graded: 645
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

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Auction Prices Realized

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10/22/1993 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions Baltimore Bullet #109, 109/Lot# 844 $4,070.00
12/8/2003 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1816, 1816/Lot# 1922 $880.00
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 6310 $3,737.50
5/27/2007 NGC AU 53   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1715 $805.00
9/9/2009 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2009 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1129, 1129/Lot# 1808 $2,070.00
2/12/2012 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/12/2012, 7/Lot# 36007 $1,888.70
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 12045 $28,200.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 $20 MS
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1913
Owner: swiss
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1141
Owner: Durham Collection
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