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: $1698.81 (9/18/2021)
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: 9/18/2021

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1854 S $20 MS
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Base $ 2100 2250 2850 4200 10000 14250 16500 20000 24000 25000 35000 45000 60000 70000 120000 - - - - -
$ 11500 - - - - - - 50000 62500 85000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 231
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/14/2021 1854 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---2419421936382325822101-----231
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Total---2419421936382325924101-----234
 ---1%2%8%18%8%15%16%10%1%2%4%10%4%0%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base243625252614293635255158584359656324682073177431842892341022610788129371365614405151831628117437
246625552721313240695386588460856489698673557763869795651041311504131771390614664155491666618309
0000005884608564896986735577638697956510413115041317713906146641554900
0000005924620466557151739380968965989510601122211341614155149241591500
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 6820
Owner: Gazooty
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 6820
Owner: Grandman
 
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