Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 141,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1440.02 (10/21/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1850 O $20 MS obverse 1850 O $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1850-O, with a mintage of 141,000 pieces, was the first double eagle struck at the New Orleans Mint. This, and its status as the first-year regular-issue twenty dollar gold piece, places it in strong demand. Most examples are in the VF-XF grade range, where a little more than 200 pieces have been certified by NGC and PCGS. An additional 150 or so coins have been certified in the various AU grade levels. Mint State 1850-Os are downright rare, as the population reports indicate.

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GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/20/2019

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1850 O $20 MS
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Base $ - 3250 3850 6200 8200 15750 18250 23500 43000 75000 130000 - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 364
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 62

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1850 O $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----40518043705320331--------364
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------2--1--1---------4
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Total----40518243705420341--------368
 ----11 %14 %22 %12 %19 %15 %5 %1 %1 %0 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/7/2004 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 7916 $2,530.00
2/20/2005 PCGS VF 30   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2472 $1,322.50
5/1/2005 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2033, 2033/Lot# 1852 $4,290.00
11/21/2005 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #63, 68/Lot# 1119 $2,817.50
6/9/2013 PCGS VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 120595 $3,666.63
1/8/2014 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1201/Lot# 7002 $7,637.50
10/8/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1210/Lot# 5043 $7,050.00
10/31/2014 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 5455 $4,112.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 $20 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base200924012585286035254539509363246951820098861078813606162511809628598456097333775510777318000082317
214024622677308238634724550365337367876210187117271448816866215973426854852740617625078487807720
00000055036533736787621018711727144881686621597342685485274061762507848700
00000059146742778493241048712667153691748125097399396409474786769917924400
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 9886
Owner: Northwest Collection
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 6951
Owner: Gazooty
 
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