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: $1226.69 (5/27/2017)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

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1851 O $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2150 2250 2400 3400 5100 8250 11450 14500 22750 35000 48500 68000 130000 - - - - - - -
$ - - 12250 15500 23750 - 52500 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 732
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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6/11/2017 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1256/Lot# 3873


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9/26/2002 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Signature Sale #300, 300/Lot# 8619 $1,897.50
5/1/2005 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2033, 2033/Lot# 1853 $1,595.00
12/20/2007 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 205, 211/Lot# 8132 $3,162.50
12/4/2008 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118, 1118/Lot# 2386 $4,887.50
1/30/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 2216 $2,415.00
8/30/2013 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3486 $4,846.88
3/3/2016 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1233/Lot# 5089 $5,170.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 O $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2048249525552643319438174507497054666048716883389415104301369221737348105618191309938649647199132
219725152584282734024047466151355660642175588697975311517163742609541934678909216194733973580
00000046615135566064217558869797531151716374260954193467890921619473300
000000481653015854679579489056100921260519055304524905779600930129560200
1851 O $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21542617268027703340398446965172568462827434863597401078014120223393566257394930469563611
230826382710296035554221485553435883666678349003100871189316860267804290669278939099563610
000000485553435883666678349003100871189316860267804290669278939099563600
000000501355136083705082359372104331300719599312215015081162947739563600
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 6048
Owner: palmernck
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 4507
Owner: Coin Maven
 
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