Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 768,000
Catalog: KM-74.1
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1279.04 (8/27/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 S $20 MS obverse 1861 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The first 19,250 double eagles coined in San Francisco early in 1861 had the special Paquet Reverse design. Once word was received to discontinue using that special reverse die, another 768,000 coins were minted with the normal Longacre reverse design. At the time they were struck, there were few if any collectors in San Francisco to preserve those coins, and virtually the entire mintage quietly slipped into the channels of commerce. The small number of Mint State coins known today, including the present example, survived purely as a matter of chance. For a denomination of such high value as a twenty dollar gold coin, the chance of survival is diminished further because of the significant face value of the coin. It was a lot of money at the time, and few could afford to have any similar pieces preserved for the future.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/21/2016

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1861 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2200 2650 3700 4100 5450 7500 15750 21000 36500 51500 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - 9250 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 853
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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6/9/2003 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1736, 1736/Lot# 1492 $797.50
5/31/2004 NGC AU 50   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2632 $1,438.00
8/13/2006 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 5628 $14,950.00
1/1/2007 NGC MS 60   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 120, 125/Lot# 6692 $8,797.50
2/14/2007 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 4919 $4,025.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5352 $2,990.00
9/25/2013 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(8), 1189/Lot# 9680 $1,762.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1886233523852417258528073080328134864016469462097077833895881203817936270994147664243100600103345
203623522396247326592898314733493663424251996498749787551040514004209903189149065763621015150
0000003147334936634242519964987497875510405140042099031891490657636200
0000003214341838394468570467887918917111221159702404536684566548848100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4694
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4694
Owner: Grandman
 
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