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: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1452.93 (8/19/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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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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1852 $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1880 1930 2000 2450 3050 3250 3700 4800 7100 9350 16500 28000 72500 - - - - - -
$ - - 3500 3900 5750 - 10500 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2037
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/13/2019 1852 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---147102429243293421374286129711-----2037
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------1-244-----------11
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Total---147102430243295425378286129711-----2048
 ---0 %2 %5 %21 %12 %14 %21 %18 %1 %3 %1 %0 %0 %0 %----- 

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8/18/2019 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2019 August 14 - 18 ANA World's Fair of Money US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1298/Lot# 4803


Auction Prices Realized

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8/18/2004 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 7553 $15,525.00
5/27/2007 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1687 $1,207.50
6/13/2007 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2381, 2381/Lot# 1979 $840.00
12/3/2009 PCGS AU 58   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1275 $2,925.00
2/3/2013 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 737, 746/Lot# 355 $2,600.00
6/22/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 202550 $3,696.00
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 12004 $11,750.00
6/4/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1221/Lot# 5394 $1,997.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18862335238524172555279430073126323834273919445858366616743111529123151401720348300034489168089
2036235223962463263528653047316333013591409949176096688887971179112882161272356634966526240
000000304731633301359140994917609668888797117911288216127235663496600
0000003086320133643755427853776356715910163120531345018238267853992800
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 5836
Owner: Drew Boxwell
 
Grade: MS 60
Points: 4458
Owner: davidmckay
 
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