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: $1301.19 (7/29/2016)
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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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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1900 2200 2850 4600 7700 17250 21750 32500 47000 75000 145000 - - - - - - - - -
$ 9250 - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 330
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/27/1999 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1228, 1228/Lot# 1981 $975.88
9/17/2003 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2003 September Long Beach Signature Sale #330, 330/Lot# 8258 $8,337.50
11/21/2005 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #63, 68/Lot# 1119 $2,817.50
2/11/2007 NGC AU 55   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2502 $14,375.00
4/24/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5963 $7,200.40
7/27/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4581 $21,150.00
1/8/2014 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1201/Lot# 7003 $7,931.25
5/11/2014 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 192877 $2,110.43
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 70   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1216/Lot# 12361 $1,410.00


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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