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: $1088.34 (8/27/2015)
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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Base $ 1650 1675 1700 1800 1825 2300 2550 2950 3400 11750 21700 37000 92500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 648
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64


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9/20/2015 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1224/Lot# 5222


Auction Prices Realized

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3/11/1998 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1031, 1031/Lot# 2018 $1,002.25
12/8/2004 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2004 December Dallas Signature Sale #277, 277/Lot# 6875 $1,610.00
2/1/2009 NGC AU 53   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1610 $1,293.75
11/3/2010 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5363 $1,753.75
4/27/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(7), 1154/Lot# 12225 $1,840.00
2/12/2012 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/12/2012, 7/Lot# 36007 $1,888.70
5/5/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/05/2013, 73/Lot# 105718 $1,596.11
9/4/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1209/Lot# 4551 $2,232.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17992233225022682335235225552643278129853194434755157039860111863156052412237706595379487697504
1944223922562290234124202584268928493055357847366023756096881311018444286504498371317957520
000000258426892849305535784736602375609688131101844428650449837131700
0000002614273529173124396351266531808010776143582128333178522608309600
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 2985
Owner: swiss
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1141
Owner: Durham Collection
 
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