Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 61
Catalog: KM-74.3
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1098.79 (9/1/2015)
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1881 $20 PF obverse 1881 $20 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This year witnessed the first in a series of minuscule double eagle deliveries from the Philadelphia Mint that would continue through 1887. In 1883, 1884, and 1887, the Mint delivered only proofs, while in the remaining years the production of business strikes was so small that extant representatives are equally as elusive as their proof counterparts. The current issue is no exception to this rule. The Philadelphia Mint produced a mere 2,260 business strike double eagles in 1881 and 61 proof specimens. Numismatic scholars believe that, of the former, 20-25 pieces are extant. Proof survivors number no more than 18 pieces, of which one is impounded in the ANS Museum and another is part of the Smithsonian's holdings.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/16/2015

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1881 $20 PF
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1881 $20 PF Cameo
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1881 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/7/2000 PCGS PF 62   Heritage Auctions Philadelphia 2000 #232, 232/Lot# 7575 $27,025.00
8/18/2004 PCGS PF 62   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 7693 $37,375.00
4/6/2006 NGC PF 66   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 2297 $184,000.00
1/5/2011 NGC PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5285 $172,500.00
1/5/2011 NGC PF 63   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5286 $40,250.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $20 PF
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Base19282385129481318340244935541760897138770482008849102261152914347156031747021076272991
2080238598329481062346343285096564164397327786984169308106601246814766162251867223150272990
0000004328509656416439732778698416930810660124681476616225186722315000
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1881 $20 PF Cameo
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Base2029111111513756336324740379848494958810074119061537116935190152414311
2029111111713530258636684759781548859975010685130611589217628207242414310
0000001713530258636684759781548859975010685130611589217628207242414300
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1881 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base111111154171665177698372889910074111721242715826172961111
111111180654172218702479708548929110440115901356016316172961110
000000180654172218702479708548929110440115901356016316172961100
000000361254174434739681718723968210806120091469316806172961100
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