Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,261,326
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1221.66 (2/27/2017)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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Description & Analysis

In circulated grades, the 1853 is similar in rarity to the higher mintage 1851 and 1852 Double Eagles. However, in Mint State, the 1853 is decidedly rarer. There are about two dozen known in the various grades of Uncirculated. The typical example grades MS60-61 and is characterized by bright but extensively bagmarked surfaces.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

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1853 $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2100 2400 3150 3350 3950 5000 7900 10500 18500 35000 - 215000 - - - - -
$ - - 3500 4100 6000 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1537
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/13/2001 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1436, 1436/Lot# 1000 $606.63
1/9/2002 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2002 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #280, 280/Lot# 4008 $4,370.00
4/16/2008 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 3727 $2,311.50
7/17/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 266, 272/Lot# 6192 $1,523.75
7/31/2009 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 1314 $13,800.00
9/4/2011 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2126 $16,100.00
12/16/2011 PCGS XF 40   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19430/Lot# 1073 $2,106.00
2/19/2012 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/19/2012, 8/Lot# 36004 $1,926.10
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10051 $12,925.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18862335238524172495279428852960332435453902438951586531842811863150692233334060525828209184453
2036235223962443259528242910308133983664406446455616716395731293217490262424023462418828780
000000291030813398366440644645561671639573129321749026242402346241800
0000002935320334713783422749026073779610718140001991230151464087225500
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 5208
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3902
Owner: davidmckay
 
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