Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 71,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1751.84 (11/24/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1853 O $20 MS obverse 1853 O $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is the last of the 'common' New Orleans Mint double eagles, with a mintage of 71,000 coins. All remaining double eagle issues from the Louisiana Mint are low-production rarities. Dave Bowers called this issue the 'gatekeeper to what becomes a series of hard-to-find New Orleans double eagles.' Typical examples are apt to grade XF or low in the AU grade level. Coinage dies were sent to New Orleans and San Francisco. Only obverse dies were sent to New Orleans, with reverse dies still available from those sent in earlier years. Breen recorded a doubled obverse die for this date, with the discovery coin appearing in Lester Merkin's auction of October 1966. From the Philadelphia Mint, five pairs of double eagle dies were actually sent to the San Francisco Mint in 1853, in anticipation of that facility beginning coinage operations. These coinage dies remained unused, and the first actual double eagle coinage occurred in 1854. However, it is certainly interesting to contemplate an 1853-S Liberty double eagle.

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1853 O $20 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 249
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1853 O $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----10265424534527-43--------246
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Total----10265424534527-43--------246
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1853 O $20 MS PL
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Total----------3-----------3
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 O $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base230226432754293633454817528558536248654578599234102851164315862252174043165325106273109131112045115016
241626802815307238364973547459856347698383179584107381304918980302884872978974107226110102113035120767
00000054745985634769838317958410738130491898030288487297897410722611010200
00000056646116644674218776993511190144562209935360570279262410817811107400
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 6545
Owner: Gazooty
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 5285
Owner: Fiddlehead
 
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