Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 80
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1778.59 (12/3/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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Description & Analysis

A fledgling community of numismatists in this country prompted the United States Mint in Philadelphia to commence issuing proof gold coinage on a limited basis in the years just prior to the Civil War. The number of proof Double Eagles recorded as being produced in 1859 (a mere 80 pieces) no doubt proved to too many, as only a handful of recognizable proofs survive today.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/30/2016

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1859 $20 PF
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 64

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/1/2020 1859 $20 PF CA
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 $20 PF CA
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Base2710282831243386360142394319536764887077752610022106321149013527175301926321304238733028711
2749292732113458381442664668574166847227835810225109181216914861181081994322160260113028711
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1859 $20 PF UC
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Base2885300913592381714565565668207431789710480111101199714098182222000422102241311755611
2926300911983667381715224929604470247586875810690114061269715473188162070322778241311755611
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1859 $20 PF
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Base2585269929853238344740644141515862486820725896901028511123131121702718723207232265824148301791
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0000004819588566297112887910087108441244915722181582005622013236512816900
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