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: $1150.36 (5/28/2015)
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
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1650 1675 1700 1800 1825 2300 2550 2950 3400 11750 21700 37000 92500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 643
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64


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5/1/2005 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2033, 2033/Lot# 1863 $2,475.00
5/27/2007 NGC AU 53   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1715 $805.00
7/12/2007 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2007 Summer F.U.N. (July, West Palm Beach, FL) Signature Coin Auction #442, 442/Lot# 2895 $1,897.50
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
1/8/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1201/Lot# 7113 $1,997.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base600672752838933108111031124164419132252244832384694661610217156052412237706595379487697504
62469878086998210881110129717332026231727113723533478161201318444286504498371316957520
000000111012971733202623172711372353347816120131844428650449837131600
000000111714701823213923822974420859759016138092128333178522608309600
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1913
Owner: swiss
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1141
Owner: Durham Collection
 
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