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: $1728.79 (6/18/2021)
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: 6/18/2021

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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: 805
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: 6/15/2021 1851 O $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1-4156177109155170796551-------805
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--------223-11--------9
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Total--1-4156177109157172827661-------815
 --0%-5%7%22%13%19%21%10%1%1%1%0%------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O $20 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2556268027402885329437034299439650155582597379309160104161334813967146081539416212170611825719514
2597270027883021343039024331460252045712662583409579113931355414181148701566716495174601867620490
00000043314602520457126625834095791139313554141811487015667164951746000
00000043644809539358437278875099971237113761143941513215939167781785800
1851 O $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2436255526142754314935454122421748175367574776518849100741293713543141691493815737165681773818969
2476257526612886328137374154441750005494638280509257110281313913752144251520416014169581814819917
00000041544417500054946382805092571102813139137521442515204160141695800
00000041854617518456207016845096661198313341139601468215471162911734800
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5367
Owner: flynnmg
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 5367
Owner: palmernck
 
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