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: $1205.89 (3/23/2017)
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: 11/23/2016

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1854 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1950 2050 2250 3750 6000 12500 15750 18250 26500 30500 33000 37000 47500 61000 120000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 38500 49500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 216
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/26/1998 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1998 September Long Beach Sale #192, 192/Lot# 7294 $29,900.00
7/21/1999 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1189, 1189/Lot# 1864 $580.25
10/23/2008 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 October Dallas, TX Signature US Coin Auction #1117, 1117/Lot# 3013 $115,000.00
2/15/2010 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 3920 $23,000.00
9/2/2012 NGC XF 45   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 2182 $5,520.00
9/2/2012 NGC AU 55   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 2181 $11,500.00
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


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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