Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,087,155
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: $1278.45 (9/28/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/11/2016

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1851 $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2150 2450 3100 3550 4000 5300 7600 10750 19500 31000 49000 - - - - - -
$ - - 3700 - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1159
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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8/18/2003 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1767, 1767/Lot# 1580 $907.50
5/31/2004 NGC MS 60   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2627 $2,990.00
5/29/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 145, 150/Lot# 2143 $1,969.95
9/27/2007 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #446, 446/Lot# 3751 $1,380.00
3/17/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/17/2013, 66/Lot# 105194 $1,734.70
6/3/2013 PCGS AU 55   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1000 $4,095.00
8/30/2013 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3485 $2,820.00
1/6/2016 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(8), 1231/Lot# 9094 $1,880.00


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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