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: $1752.30 (11/24/2020)
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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Last Updated: 11/25/2020

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1852 $20 MS
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Base $ 1875 1875 1875 1895 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2567
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

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, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1852 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1149116526365452516414286129711-----2567
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Total--1149116526366454520418286129711-----2578
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 $20 MS
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Base18862335238524172555279430073126323834273919445858366616743111529123151401720348300034489168089
20362352239624632635286530473163330135914099491760966888879711791128821612723566349665262471493
000000304731633301359140994917609668888797117911288216127235663496600
0000003086320133643755427853776356715910163120531345018238267853992800
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 4458
Owner: davidmckay
 
Grade: MS 60
Points: 4458
Owner: Michael Creamer
 
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