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: $1450.75 (8/19/2019)
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.

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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: 63
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
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: 8/13/2019 1860 O $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----239111481012---------60
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Total----239111481012---------60
 ----3 %5 %15 %18 %23 %13 %17 %2 %3 %--------- 
1860 O $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------21----------3
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Total----------21----------3
 ----------67 %33 %---------- 

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8/18/2019 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2019 August 14 - 18 ANA World's Fair of Money US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1298/Lot# 3931


Auction Prices Realized

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10/28/1998 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1100, 1100/Lot# 1964 $4,325.50
7/27/2005 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 10404 $46,000.00
2/14/2008 NGC AU 58   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 2680 $80,500.00
6/17/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 3841 $63,250.00
8/5/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5700 $55,812.50
1/7/2015 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1216/Lot# 4372 $30,550.00


NGC Registry

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