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: $1761.29 (5/7/2021)
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: 5/7/2021

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1851 $20 MS
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Base $ 1885 1885 1885 1905 2250 2700 2900 3500 3800 5850 6500 14000 25000 50000 - - - - - -
$ 2400 - 3100 - 5200 - 9000 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1198
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: 5/4/2021 1851 $20 MS
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Base---1298025413520120121022371972------1198
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Total---1298025413520120221022372272------1202
 ---0%2%7%21%11%17%17%17%2%3%2%1%0%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 $20 MS
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Base1886233523852417249526432885300931493486390247565316695180589415120281766326327397906091994384
20362352239624432544272429263056326136254187494358617320851010286139062055130815468337207499103
000000292630563261362541874943586173208510102861390620551308154683300
000000296831023374376344715129640676898963111571578523439353025387600
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3902
Owner: Coin Maven
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3902
Owner: Dr Mike Blankenship
 
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