Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 141,468
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1433.99 (10/16/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1854 S $20 MS obverse 1854 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Treasure recovered in the late 1970s from the S.S. Yankee Blade shipwreck yielded a couple of hundred 1854-S double eagles, including many high grade examples, according to the Garrett-Guth reference on U.S. gold coinage. The same authors relate that the salvaged coins have surfaces that are 'lightly etched from exposure to seawater.'

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Last Updated: 8/20/2019

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1854 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1950 2050 2250 4200 6500 13500 17250 21000 27000 29500 35000 40000 54000 67000 120000 - - - - -
$ 9750 - - - - - - 41000 57500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 223
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 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: 10/8/2019 1854 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---2419401732392325821101-----223
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Total---2419401732392325923101-----226
 ---1 %2 %8 %18 %8 %14 %17 %10 %1 %2 %4 %10 %4 %0 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/26/2003 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1784, 1784/Lot# 1594 $1,595.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1172/Lot# 5076 $32,200.00
9/2/2012 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 2185 $5,750.00
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 12010 $70,500.00
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5687 $44,062.50
10/8/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1210/Lot# 5049 $11,162.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base25252614271628603281381741415879624868007374805883389307991811047132811360616472235923434550773
25552648276430003460392547206002643269917602815186619511102941179213389145611884527176398210
0000004720600264326991760281518661951110294117921338914561188452717600
0000005300612566167183783082458984971410671125361349815517212193076100
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 6800
Owner: Gazooty
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 6800
Owner: Grandman
 
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