Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 128
Catalog: KM-74.3
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1097.92 (8/30/2015)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1896 $20 PF obverse 1896 $20 PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

At 128 pieces, the 1896 Liberty Head twenty enjoys the largest proof mintage of any 19th century double eagle. Of course, in absolute terms, the production figure is still extremely small, and the issue is rarer than one would expect in today's market. In their Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins 1795-1933, Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth estimate only 45-50 specimens are known today in all proof grades. At the Gem Proof level coins are very rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2015

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1896 $20 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 13000 17750 23000 33000 53000 104000 138000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 158500 - -
1896 $20 PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 25000 36000 66000 115000 157500 - - - -
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1896 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 40000 85000 140000 185000 - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 37
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/3/2007 PCGS PF 60   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 3759 $12,362.50
9/23/2007 PCGS PF 64   Ultra Cameo Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3460 $106,375.00
1/9/2008 NGC PF 66   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 3340 $143,750.00
5/25/2008 PCGS PF 64   Ultra Cameo Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4473 $60,375.00
9/14/2008 PCGS PF 66   Ultra Cameo Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1297 $123,625.00
1/3/2012 NGC PF 66   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 5073 $126,500.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 $20 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base170719692433252528853126363938854290526457476248643771988247978912338135431560317223219671
1794212424642645296532973721402046155425591463116691754887611063912740142301614318804219670
000000372140204615542559146311669175488761106391274014230161431880400
000000380341554939558660816374694478979275114881314114916166832038600
1896 $20 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111171388644102261104755636324695188491107312757130291499711
1111111238076409171104991104758166533758395901163412847136851499710
0000001238076409171104991104758166533758395901163412847136851499700
00000014759814296981077311047607067428216103311219512938143411499700
1896 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1928221512821114024429047255770628668201783488491152913606148801111
202422159412821113424113443550735942646468202612817297421222114031148801110
0000004113443550735942646468202612817297421222114031148801100
00000042014580542261146642682052238511106361291414455148801100
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