Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,053,026
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1228.92 (10/25/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1852 $20 MS obverse 1852 $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The first 'golden era' of double eagle strikings at the Philadelphia Mint began with the famous unique pattern in 1849 and continued until the opening of the San Francisco Mint in 1854. As the larger and more logical outlet to strike the massive coins, Philadelphia received the lion's share of the work, the first four years of the regular issue saw more than a million pieces struck each time, and for the two dates in the middle, 1851 and 1852, there were mintages in the multiple millions.

A high mintage, however, does not guarantee availability in high grades on its own. The 1852 twenties were meant to circulate, and circulate they did. Q. David Bowers writes in A Guide Book of Double Eagle Gold Coins, 'As the mintage of over two million pieces might suggest, the 1852 is plentiful today. Most are in grades such as VF and EF, with occasional examples in AU coming on the market, punctuated at long intervals by Mint State coins. Among the latter are a few choice and gem pieces.?

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/11/2016

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1852 $20 MS
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2150 2400 3000 3350 3850 5200 7100 11000 18500 25000 80000 - - - - - -
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Total Graded: 1998
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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8/28/1996 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 0871, 871/Lot# 1976 $633.00
10/14/2003 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23103, 23103/Lot# 14151 $540.50
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2474 $920.00
6/12/2006 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 91, 96/Lot# 1219 $2,070.00
12/3/2009 PCGS AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1275 $2,925.00
3/25/2012 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 43067 $2,393.60
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 25332 $1,999.85
8/30/2013 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3489 $1,938.75
1/7/2015 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7371 $2,820.00
4/27/2016 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1234/Lot# 6004 $2,350.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 $20 MS
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 4458
Owner: davidmckay
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3919
Owner: Grandman
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