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: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1308.25 (7/30/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/11/2016

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1853 $20 MS
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Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2100 2400 3050 3350 3800 5650 7250 12650 19850 37400 - 200000 - - - - -
$ - - 3650 - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1542
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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8/14/2016 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(2), 1238/Lot# 4343
8/14/2016 AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(5), 1238/Lot# 5994


Auction Prices Realized

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9/26/1998 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1998 September Long Beach Sale #192, 192/Lot# 7289 $1,955.00
9/17/2006 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2260, 2260/Lot# 2181 $2,072.00
9/23/2007 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3410 $1,207.50
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
8/10/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 816, 825/Lot# 356 $2,100.00
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10051 $12,925.00
3/3/2016 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1233/Lot# 4563 $2,702.50


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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