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: $1711.60 (9/22/2021)
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.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/22/2021

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1862 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1835 2150 2250 2500 2750 3150 3500 3800 6875 10000 17500 35000 60000 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1240
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: 9/21/2021 1862 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---12881248159233226216122565-------1240
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Total---12881248159235226216122575-------1243
 ---0%2%7%20%13%19%18%17%1%2%1%0%------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base243324332555261427542885300630803238336543965158647384281022610735112631191212589132941429015340
243324742575266127982925303131333280370946505596712590271039610911114791213812824136261464016107
0000003031313332803709465055967125902710396109111147912138128241362600
0000003055318533234052490460357776962710565110871169612363130591395800
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6473
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 3365
Owner: BRS Numismatics
 
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