Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 854,173
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1443.03 (10/19/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 8/16/2019

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1862 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1800 1880 1930 2000 2875 3675 4150 4900 6000 11200 16900 34500 67500 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 35000 72500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1231
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1862 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---12879248157230224216122565-------1231
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--------2----1--------3
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Total---12879248157232224216122575-------1234
 ---0 %2 %6 %20 %13 %19 %18 %18 %1 %2 %1 %0 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/6/2009 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3450 $5,290.00
6/27/2010 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2878, 2878/Lot# 3274 $1,667.50
4/27/2011 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(7), 1154/Lot# 12221 $1,840.00
10/14/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131243/Lot# 23063 $1,997.50
6/9/2013 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 120604 $2,750.00
6/8/2014 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 807, 816/Lot# 7269 $9,175.00
3/6/2015 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 450 $2,232.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base208724642525258527542985323835643783436151586616743191221065315383236363673957717915549411496726
22132484254526412831306933473637397646275644688879959632122301813428004437326899692407949850
0000003347363739764627564468887995963212230181342800443732689969240700
00000034553710416848926130715985581014313806208853237150724802759326100
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 7431
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 4361
Owner: BRS Numismatics
 
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