Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 158
Catalog: KM-74.3
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1097.92 (8/28/2015)
Edge: Reeded
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1903 $20 PF obverse 1903 $20 PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

Although the mintage of proof 1903 double eagles is given as 158 coins--the highest of the Liberty Head series--this is a case where original mintage figures are meaningless. Most of those original proofs have long since disappeared. To survive to the present day, a proof 1903 Liberty twenty had to endure the Panic of 1907, World War I, the 1929 Stock Market Crash, the Great Depression, the Gold Recall of 1933--and any number of the unknown personal catastrophes that befall collectors from time to time. In addition, it had to be carefully stored, to prevent the value-destroying contact marks to which large proof gold coins are especially prone. (Some impaired proofs survive, including one graded PR50.) Estimates are that today, only 40 to 50 proof examples survive in all grades.

More important than estimating survivors is a comment that Garrett and Guth offer in their gold Encyclopedia concerning the 1903 proof twenty:

'In recent years the demand for examples of the [Liberty Head] type in Proof has increased dramatically. The supply will most likely never meet the demand for these large, impressive coins.'

There is a reason for that huge demand, beside the unceasing hot market for gold overall: The Liberty Head coins in proof format are the last of the nation's 'traditional' mirrored gold proof coinage, desirable and ultimately pleasing collector-grade examples of the largest gold denomination.

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


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Price Guide

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1903 $20 PF
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1903 $20 PF Cameo
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 40
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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8/2/1997 PCGS PF AU 55   Heritage Auctions 1997 ANA Signature Sale #175, 175/Lot# 7867 $3,105.00
2/10/2008 NGC PF 64   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2594 $39,100.00
5/25/2008 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4479 $40,250.00
12/8/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(3), 1162/Lot# 4772 $7,478.45
1/29/2012 NGC PF 64   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1919 $37,950.00
5/30/2012 NGC PF 64   Cameo Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4432 $40,250.00
12/17/2013 NGC PF 65   Cameo Bonhams Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of US Gold Coins, 21037/Lot# 1274 $105,300.00
3/27/2014 NGC PF 65   Cameo Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 4121 $63,450.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 $20 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base170718862525323835253919431944994694526456566209640071388247985412338135431571516157203811
1767209927633334365640524379456448845395584062736646750887831068212740142671586217565203810
000000437945644884539558406273664675088783106821274014267158621756500
000000443946295074552560256336689278779318115101314114991160101897300
1903 $20 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179919852648338636834089450246874888547658796448668574318515109191275713838157731711111
186122062894348538184227456447545084561060696527693477929316115321311714483162191711110
000000456447545084561060696527693477929316115321311714483162191711100
0000004625482152805745625866067182815410118121441347815128166651711100
1903 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1928212428213592390243264756151585770618916982776988491097113112143471111
1993235630783695404344694756172053625910618923287244812995561168513524143471110
0000004756172053625910618923287244812995561168513524143471100
00000047563439556660496189465575078489102641239813935143471100
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