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: $1728.96 (6/21/2021)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/21/2020

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1850 O $20 MS
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Base $ 3250 4000 4750 5750 8000 15750 13000 20000 36000 60000 110000 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 378
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: 6/15/2021 1850 O $20 MS
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Base----41518646715620331--------378
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Total----41518646715720341--------380
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 O $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base300931263447373040644694608362095747682085151022612571131631377614411150661587016706175741879720081
304832333541384142745157612562096105738590851100812768133671398814629153341614916995179821922521085
0000006125620961057385908511008127681336713988146291533416149169951798200
0000006167620964627950965611789129661357214199148481560216427172851838900
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 10226
Owner: bbixby
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 8515
Owner: Northwest Collection
 
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