Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 142,790
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1217.02 (2/28/2017)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1863 $20 MS obverse 1863 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

At the height of the Civil War, few gold and silver coins were produced in Philadelphia, while the San Francisco Mint continued full scale operations. Among all denominations from the cent to the double eagle, Philadelphia coined 3.7 million dollars and San Francisco produced 20 million dollars. Nearly all of the mintage at each facility was in the form of double eagles. Treasure finds have yielded only a few examples, and no earlier hoards have been discovered. The remarkable Harry Bass Collection contained several examples, but the finest was just XF45. The Dallas Bank Collection contained a similar quality XF example. Higher grade coins are quite rare, as pointed out by Dave Bowers: 'The 1863 is scarce in all grades. Most are VF and EF, punctuated by occasional offerings of AU examples. True Mint State coins are so rare that many old-timers have never seen one.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/23/2016

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1863 $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2050 2200 2400 2600 5000 13750 15000 18000 27500 35000 38500 65000 112000 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 203
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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Price
3/21/1998 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 1998 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #184, 184/Lot# 6545 $2,530.00
4/16/2008 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 2496 $24,150.00
7/9/2009 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2009 July West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1127, 1127/Lot# 1995 $6,325.00
12/3/2009 PCGS XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1280 $1,755.00
9/18/2011 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3139, 3139/Lot# 2751 $2,700.00
2/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1828 $16,100.00
7/27/2013 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5334 $2,820.00
5/4/2014 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 802, 811/Lot# 300 $10,500.00
6/15/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/15/2014, 196/Lot# 196842 $19,030.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2302264326992807305739025049583661456685780884289046105151257114386216253294150801792338153483885
241626622735289033394284531159396325705980158634953611200131761679925397388946027880000823180
00000053115939632570598015863495361120013176167992539738894602788000000
000000557460426505743482218840100251188613781192122916944848697568076700
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