Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 141,468
Catalog: KM-74.1
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1280.87 (9/28/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/11/2016

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1854 S $20 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 214
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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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
11/29/2007 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Houston, TX US Coin Signature Auction #370, 370/Lot# 61779 $21,850.00
1/5/2011 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 7220 $4,887.50
8/15/2011 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9675 $4,312.50
9/2/2012 NGC XF 40   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 2187 $3,910.00
9/2/2012 NGC VF 20   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 2188 $2,875.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 S $20 MS
 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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