Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 92
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: $1089.02 (9/3/2015)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1905 $20 PF obverse 1905 $20 PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

After the enormous double eagle productions in 1904 at both Philadelphia and San Francisco totaling 11.4 million coins, the business strike production of the 1905-P issue was a meager 58,819 pieces. Moreover, the few gold collectors of that era preferred proof coins to Mint State business strikes, most business strikes entered circulation. Both of those factors actually contribute today to the rarity of the proof issue: Few high-grade Mint State business strikes were saved to begin with, and, despite the recorded mintage of 92 proofs, some were undoubtedly spent during the next two or three decades when economic hard times hit. Garrett and Guth (2006) comment concerning the 1905 proofs: 'Based on population data and auction records, it can be estimated that only 30 to 40 coins of the date have survived. Many undoubtedly entered circulation, as there are several impaired examples known. No gem coins of the date have been sold at auction in recent years.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2015

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1905 $20 PF
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1905 $20 PF Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 23
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
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7/20/2004 NGC PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2004 July New York, NY Signature Sale #320, 320/Lot# 8592 $56,350.00
5/27/2007 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1799 $46,000.00
8/15/2011 NGC PF 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7785 $40,250.00
1/29/2012 PCGS PF AU 58   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1932 $10,005.00
1/7/2015 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1216/Lot# 4410 $49,350.00
1/7/2015 PCGS PF 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1216/Lot# 4409 $15,275.00
8/12/2015 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4511 $60,512.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1905 $20 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base170718862525323835253919431944994694526456566209640071388247985412338135431571516157203811
1767209927633334365640524379456448845395584062736646750887831068212740142671586217565203810
000000437945644884539558406273664675088783106821274014267158621756500
000000443946295074552560256336689278779318115101314114991160101897300
1905 $20 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179919852648338636834089450246874888547658796448668574318515102261257113838157731711111
186122062894348538184227456447545084561060696527693477929085110081299314483162191711110
000000456447545084561060696527693477929085110081299314483162191711100
000000462548215280574562586606718281549656117891341615128166651711100
1905 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1928212428213592390243264756151585770618916982776988491097113606143471111
1993235630783695404344694756172053625910618923287244812995561184913853143471110
0000004756172053625910618923287244812995561184913853143471100
00000047563439556660496189465575078489102641272814100143471100
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