Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 364,666
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1436.14 (10/21/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 $20 MS obverse 1855 $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This date is clearly much scarcer than it is given credit for, and when encountered, it is usually only found in VF or XF grades, and occasionally in the lowest AU grades. Winter and Crum commented, for example: 'The 1855 double eagle is usually viewed as a common date. It is actually quite scarce in any grade better than About Uncirculated-53 and it is a truly rare coin in Uncirculated grades.' Although the recovery of coins from the S.S. Republic has changed the scene for Type One double eagles over the past couple years, this issue remains elusive in top grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/22/2019

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1855 $20 MS
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Base $ 1850 1900 1950 2000 2525 3950 4350 5250 5500 11200 19500 21550 55000 147500 - - - - - -
$ - - - 5400 7250 - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 402
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1855 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----219574359105951083-1------402
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---------21--1--------4
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Total----219574359107961084-1------406
 ----0 %5 %14 %11 %15 %26 %24 %2 %2 %1 %-0 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/19/2004 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1976, 1976/Lot# 1806 $3,850.00
11/26/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 198, 204/Lot# 117 $2,185.00
9/6/2009 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3449 $1,667.50
1/9/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 7468 $5,287.50
11/1/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1191/Lot# 8674 $1,997.50
3/28/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6304 $2,820.00
6/8/2017 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1256/Lot# 3880 $5,170.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base188623352385241724952614293630093238356441415702654573741094717163271754341269911113402116400119456
2036235223962443253527212960308533473756466159836821856513019205003258752245844081144011174190
00000029603085334737564661598368218565130192050032587522458440811440100
00000029853162345539495182626470989756150912383838000610789890511540100
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6545
Owner: Northwood Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4141
Owner: Grandman
 
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