Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,087,155
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1436.47 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1851 $20 MS obverse 1851 $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1851 is a curiously scarce issue and one that has received little attention from collectors. More than two million pieces were struck, the highest mintage figure of any double eagle produced until 1861. While it is generally considered a common date, it is not quite as common as often assumed. Probably no more than 70-80 pieces are known in all grades of Uncirculated, most of which are in the MS60-62 grade range.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/20/2019

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1851 $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1850 1900 2000 2250 2800 3200 3800 4400 6850 7800 15000 25000 51000 - - - - - -
$ 2400 - 3500 - 6200 - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1186
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1851 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---1298025413619519820820371972------1186
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------2--1---3--------6
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Total---1298025613619519920820372272------1192
 ---0 %2 %7 %21 %11 %16 %17 %17 %2 %3 %2 %1 %0 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/15/2004 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1922, 1922/Lot# 1763 $797.50
4/16/2005 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65044, 65044/Lot# 23715 $1,130.45
5/29/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 145, 150/Lot# 2143 $1,969.95
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3445 $10,925.00
2/12/2012 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/12/2012, 7/Lot# 36003 $1,876.05
6/3/2013 PCGS AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1000 $4,095.00
4/28/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20651 $2,761.25
6/8/2017 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1256/Lot# 4961 $2,087.98
4/25/2019 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1294/Lot# 4948 $1,680.00
7/11/2019 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2019 July 11 - 14 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1297/Lot# 3868 $2,400.00
9/5/2019 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2019 September 5 - 8 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1299/Lot# 4274 $3,360.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1886233523852417249526432885300931493486390247565316695180589415120281766326327397906091994384
2036235223962443254427242926305632613625418749435861732085101028613906205513081546833720740
000000292630563261362541874943586173208510102861390620551308154683300
000000296831023374376344715129640676898963111571578523439353025387600
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3902
Owner: Coin Maven
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3902
Owner: Grandman
 
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