Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 59,011
Catalog: KM-74.3
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1061.15 (7/29/2015)
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1905 $20 MS obverse 1905 $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

For mintages of Liberty double eagles at Philadelphia in the 20th century, there is little middle ground, mintages are either million-plus, as is the case with the 1904 and 1907 issues, or lower six figures and below. With its mintage of 58,919 pieces, the 1905 is part of a trio of issues with five-figure production, along with the 1902 and 1906. One may surmise that the over 6 million double eagles Philadelphia coined in 1904 crowded out the possibilities for large mintages in the next two years.

Many survivors from this issue come from overseas sources, as Garrett and Guth note, 'Most of the coins seen have been plucked from gold shipments that have returned to the United States in recent years. The average coin grades AU-58 to MS-61.' The population data are consistent with those from other repatriated issues. For a number of years, MS64 was the best condition known for the issue. Among other authorities, Garrett and Guth, in their 2006 edition of Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins, stated that 'none are known' in MS65. The appearance of a Gem is a recent development.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/20/2015

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1905 $20 MS
Base $ 1630 1640 1650 1660 1670 1800 1850 2200 2500 3600 6750 17000 34000 80000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - 4250 7750 - 65000 - - - -

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Total Graded: 780
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65

Upcoming Auctions

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Sale / Lot
8/16/2015 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1223/Lot# 6519
8/16/2015 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 8478

Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
2/3/1995 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions February 1995 Long Beach Bullet Sale #129, 129/Lot# 976 $1,210.00
11/17/1995 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 1995 Santa Clara Bullet Sale #145, 145/Lot# 884 $836.00
1/28/2004 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 7568 $8,625.00
3/14/2004 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1856, 1856/Lot# 1706 $605.00
5/27/2007 NGC MS 63   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1800 $10,925.00
3/31/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 234, 240/Lot# 1415 $1,179.90
8/15/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9810 $4,600.00
6/3/2013 PCGS AU 50   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1270 $1,755.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1905 $20 MS
1905 $20 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1505
Owner: davidmckay
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1505
Owner: tonystl
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