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: $1714.41 (7/13/2020)
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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Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1850 O $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - 3250 3850 6075 7600 12950 13250 18850 37000 75000 130000 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 376
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: 7/7/2020 1850 O $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----41538445715520331--------376
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Total----41538445715620341--------378
 ----11%14%22%12%19%15%5%1%1%0%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 O $20 MS
 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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