Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 315,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1809.79 (5/18/2021)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1851 O $20 MS obverse 1851 O $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With a mintage of 315,000 pieces, this is the highest mintage double eagle issue from the New Orleans Mint, and to this day it remains the most plentiful, but it would be a mistake to call this a common date. It is a scarce issue compared to Philadelphia Mint double eagles of the same date. Coins grading VF and XF are easy enough to find, and lower quality AU examples appear on the market with some frequency, but any Choice AU or finer grade coin is elusive. Winter and Crum liked this date, and in 2002 they commented: 'Since this is the most common New Orleans double eagle, the collector can be more demanding about eye appeal than for other less readily available issues from this Mint. Attractive, original About Uncirculated-55 and About Uncirculated-58 double eagles are extremely good values at current levels.' While the numismatic market has changed since that time, such coins still seem to be good values today.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Last Updated: 5/18/2021

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1851 O $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2150 2250 2500 3300 4250 6250 8500 11000 13000 27000 40000 57500 120000 - - - - - - -
$ 5000 - 9500 11750 19000 - 50000 75000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 804
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/18/2021 1851 O $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1-4156177109155169796551-------804
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Total--1-4156177109157171827661-------814
 --0%-5%7%22%13%19%21%10%1%1%1%0%------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O $20 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21542617268027703340398446965172568462827434863597401078014120223393566257394930469563611
230826382710296035554221485553435883666678349003100871189316860267804290669278939099563611
000000485553435883666678349003100871189316860267804290669278939099563600
000000501355136083705082359372104331300719599312215015081162947739563600
1851 O $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2048249525552643319438174507497054666048716883389415104301369221737348105618191309938649647199132
21972515258428273402404746615135566064217558869797531151716374260954193467890921619473397358104089
00000046615135566064217558869797531151716374260954193467890921619473300
000000481653015854679579489056100921260519055304524905779600930129560200
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 6048
Owner: flynnmg
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 6048
Owner: palmernck
 
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