Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 6,600
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1381.11 (7/20/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1860 O $20 MS obverse 1860 O $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The New Orleans Mint, unlike its counterparts at Charlotte and Dahlonega, was equipped to produce gold denominations higher than the half eagle. Ten dollar gold pieces with an 'O' mintmark appeared in 1841, and the Louisiana facility struck double eagles alongside Philadelphia in 1850, the first year of production for twenty dollar gold. After the early years, however, the New Orleans Mint's production of double eagles slowed and became erratic. In 1860, against the backdrop of swiftly deteriorating national unity, that year's issue amounted to just 6,600 pieces.

While the 1860-O is not accorded the 'stopper' status of issues such as the 1854-O and 1856-O, it is one of the more challenging Southern double eagles, and in better grades it proves just as elusive as its better-known predecessors.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/16/2019

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1860 O $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3750 5000 6500 15000 44500 60500 63500 77500 84500 157500 195000 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 62
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 61

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1860 O $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----2391114810-2---------59
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Total----2391114810-2---------59
 ----3 %5 %15 %19 %24 %14 %17 %-3 %--------- 
1860 O $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------21----------3
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Total----------21----------3
 ----------67 %33 %---------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
10/28/1998 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1100, 1100/Lot# 1964 $4,325.50
1/8/2003 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 4879 $17,250.00
7/26/2012 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 11765 $43,125.00
1/8/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5523 $47,000.00
8/5/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5699 $41,125.00
5/20/2015 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers The Rarities Sale, 6109/Lot# 82 $55,812.50
4/27/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1234/Lot# 4823 $70,134.58
7/12/2018 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2018 July 12 - 15 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1277/Lot# 3257 $168,000.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1860 $20 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base323833453817429060898849923410105109191141352641406214684231253676558950608016269364630666106863470704
32743502397548907009897795241037611084114138197142691749827672441605956761432633396529067285693240
0000009524103761108411413819714269174982767244160595676143263339652906728500
00000098151064811248114131112914477203113221851555601846206263984659506795900
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