Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,442
Catalog: KM-74.3
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1097.92 (8/29/2015)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1891 $20 MS obverse 1891 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Only 1,390 business strike Liberty Head double eagles were minted in 1891, supplemented by 52 proof examples. Despite the minuscule production figure, the 1891 has been overshadowed by the rare dates of the 1880s, and the true rarity of the issue has never been appreciated. Few numismatists were interested in collecting double eagles in 1891 and the tiny supply of proof issues was undoubtedly adequate to satisfy contemporary demand. In their Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins 1795-1933, Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth comment:

'Most of the important collections of previous generations did not have a circulation-strike example of the 1891 double eagle. Collectors considered a Proof example to be preferable and not a distinctly different issue. Modern numismatists now realize the importance and rarity of many previously overlooked Philadelphia issues. The 1891 double eagle is a prime example.?

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


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1891 $20 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 41
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/25/2004 NGC MS 61   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 3424 $489.00
5/5/2004 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 10142 $27,600.00
1/12/2005 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 30540 $155,250.00
3/8/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1168/Lot# 4306 $28,750.00
10/27/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/27/2013, 98/Lot# 116867 $6,068.70
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5560 $82,250.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1891 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base272733453860414150497107829399181022610515109191197012757136061651823753347105149877500797648207684438
293335173954444457357502883510021103221065011269122321304014577189302740540306601657825580535828630
00000088351002110322106501126912232130401457718930274054030660165782558053500
00000093761012310419107841162012495133231554721341310584590268833790098130500
1891 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1782194621212308285734964028447256136197692473408247120631700924395355605263679039813368368286077
183620042183249130703673417648525807643970627642951913711194712811641252614377980482118844800
00000041764852580764397062764295191371119471281164125261437798048211800
000000432452326002668172017944107911536021933318384694470238805708290000
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 10515
Owner: swiss
 
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