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: $1120.17 (10/13/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
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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: 4/13/2015

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1872 $20 MS
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Total Graded: 668
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

Upcoming Auctions

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11/1/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1225/Lot# 5258
11/1/2015 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7977

Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
3/11/1998 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1031, 1031/Lot# 2018 $1,002.25
1/3/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 5612 $2,530.00
5/27/2007 NGC AU 53   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1715 $805.00
6/1/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1156/Lot# 4927 $2,185.00
9/6/2012 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1174/Lot# 5059 $1,880.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5663 $2,937.50
5/5/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/05/2013, 73/Lot# 105718 $1,596.11

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 $20 MS
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 2985
Owner: swiss
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1141
Owner: Durham Collection
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