Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 854,173
Catalog: KM-A74.1
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1282.03 (8/30/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1862 S $20 MS obverse 1862 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The sale of the S.S. Brother Jonathan treasure included 68 different examples of this date. However, only one piece was graded Mint State (with environmental damage) and only one other was graded AU58. After that, about 40 lower quality AU grade coins were offered. Even though the rarity of this issue was noticeably diminished when that treasure was discovered and dispersed, it is still quite rare in top grades. About a dozen Mint State coins were found in the S.S. Republic treasure.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/21/2016

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1862 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1098
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/22/2005 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65105, 65105/Lot# 24543 $1,450.15
1/29/2009 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 328, 334/Lot# 9083 $1,552.50
9/6/2009 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3450 $5,290.00
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7824 $2,415.00
4/22/2012 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131218/Lot# 23055 $2,070.00
3/11/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Teletrade Auction 3421, 3421/Lot# 2724 $1,900.00
8/8/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(4), 1188/Lot# 5205 $7,637.50
9/22/2013 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/22/2013, 93/Lot# 138329 $3,412.20


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base208724642525258527542985323835643783436151586616743191221065315383236363673957717915549411496726
22132484254526412831306933473637397646275644688879959632122301813428004437326899692407949850
0000003347363739764627564468887995963212230181342800443732689969240700
00000034553710416848926130715985581014313806208853237150724802759326100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5158
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 5158
Owner: Shell2day
 
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