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: $1360.13 (7/16/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1854 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1950 2050 2250 4000 6250 13300 16900 18950 26500 29000 35000 38500 49000 63500 120000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 38500 49500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 220
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1854 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---2419401731382225821101-----220
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Total---2419401731382225923101-----223
 ---1 %2 %9 %18 %8 %14 %17 %10 %1 %2 %4 %10 %4 %0 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
7/21/1999 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1189, 1189/Lot# 1864 $580.25
9/2/2012 NGC VF 20   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 2188 $2,875.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5651 $1,955.00
6/4/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4899 $7,050.00
6/27/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2603 $7,050.00
9/7/2016 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1239/Lot# 5736 $16,450.00


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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