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: $1430.45 (11/20/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1853 $20 MS obverse 1853 $20 MS reverse
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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: 8/20/2019

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1853 $20 MS
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Base $ 1800 1850 1900 2000 2450 2800 3000 3600 4600 6200 9450 17000 35000 72500 200000 - - - - -
$ 2500 - 3150 3850 5700 - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1563
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 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: 11/19/2019 1853 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----18552681772703703331535183-1-----1563
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------21122-----------8
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Total----18552701782713723351535183-1-----1571
 ----1 %4 %17 %11 %17 %24 %21 %1 %2 %1 %0 %-0 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/26/1998 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 1998 September Long Beach Sale #192, 192/Lot# 7288 $632.50
1/13/2002 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1527, 1527/Lot# 1062 $1,680.00
9/23/2007 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3410 $1,207.50
7/17/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 266, 272/Lot# 6192 $1,523.75
7/7/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1157/Lot# 4987 $3,450.00
12/16/2011 PCGS XF 40   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19430/Lot# 1073 $2,106.00
3/23/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 180227 $2,076.80
8/13/2015 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 1343 $3,290.00


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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