Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 98
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 (8/29/2015)
Edge: Reeded
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1904 $20 PF obverse 1904 $20 PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

As a business strike, the 1904 is notoriously common. PCGS alone has certified more than 100,000 pieces as Mint State. However, proof 1904 double eagles are rare. Just 98 pieces were struck, and perhaps half that number have survived.

The rarity of proof Liberty double eagles has its root in their bullion value. Few collectors could afford to purchase an example in 1904, a time when $20 exceeded a week's wages for most workers. When hard times arrived, such as the Great Depression, a proof double eagle was an obvious target for redemption at the bank, since the sale of such a family heirloom was better than the alternative, going hungry or without shelter. Even early 20th century dealers with financial resources, such as B. Max Mehl, would often deposit proof gold coins, since their numismatic premium was so low that they were unworthy of the effort to sell them to collectors. By the 1940s, all U.S. gold coins achieved a premium above face, and proof pieces were on their way toward their present status as 'the caviar of numismatics.'

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Price Guide

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1904 $20 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 17000 22500 33000 54000 104000 138000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 65000 - - - -
1904 $20 PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 25000 36000 65000 115000 - 225000 - - -
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1904 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 140000 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 40
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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2/1/2009 PCGS PF 62   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1656 $14,950.00
4/28/2009 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 4046 $80,500.00
1/3/2012 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 5078 $83,375.00
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7866 $3,737.50
6/17/2012 PCGS Genuine Proof AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/17/2012, 27/Lot# 58308 $3,135.00
8/8/2013 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5924 $146,875.00
4/9/2015 NGC PF AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 3040/Lot# 31847 $223.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1904 $20 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base170718862525323835253919431944994694526456566209640071388247985412338135431571516157203811
1767209927633334365640524379456448845395584062736646750887831068212740142671586217565203810
000000437945644884539558406273664675088783106821274014267158621756500
000000443946295074552560256336689278779318115101314114991160101897300
1904 $20 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179919852648338636834089450246874888547658796448668574318515102261257113838157731711111
186122062894348538184227456447545084561060696527693477929085110081299314483162191711110
000000456447545084561060696527693477929085110081299314483162191711100
000000462548215280574562586606718281549656117891341615128166651711100
1904 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1928212428213592390243264756151585770618916982776988491097113606143471111
1993235630783695404344694756172053625910618923287244812995561184913853143471110
0000004756172053625910618923287244812995561184913853143471100
00000047563439556660496189465575078489102641272814100143471100
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