Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 141,000
Catalog: KM-74.1
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1229.31 (10/27/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1850 O $20 MS obverse 1850 O $20 MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/11/2016

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1850 O $20 MS
Base $ 1900 2200 2850 4600 7700 17250 21750 32500 47000 75000 145000 - - - - - - - - -
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Total Graded: 331
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 62

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11/3/2016 XF 45   Stack's Bowers November 2016 Baltimore, 6151/Lot# 2161

Auction Prices Realized

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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
5/27/2009 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 1803 $5,175.00
7/20/2009 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 394, 400/Lot# 579 $10,350.00
3/8/2012 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1168/Lot# 4178 $7,475.00
6/9/2013 PCGS VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 120595 $3,666.63
11/9/2014 PCGS MS 70   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131446/Lot# 26810 $916.50
2/6/2015 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2596 $4,112.50

NGC Registry

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