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: $1780.35 (1/18/2021)
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: 1/18/2021

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1855 $20 MS
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Base $ 1905 1905 1905 2300 2650 3000 3350 4250 6250 10000 15000 24000 55000 147500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 450
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: 1/12/2021 1855 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----219594466139100983-1------450
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Total----219594466142101984-1------455
 ----0%4%13%10%15%31%22%2%2%1%-0%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 $20 MS
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Base188623352385241724952614293630093238356441415702654573741094717163271754341269911113402116400119456
203623522396244325352721296030853347375646615983682185651301920500325875224584408114401117419125429
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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