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: $1698.81 (9/19/2021)
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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Last Updated: 9/2/2020

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1863 $20 MS
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Base $ 2500 2750 3000 3750 7500 13750 15000 19000 25000 32000 37500 60000 90000 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 219
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
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: 9/14/2021 1863 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---178292533514041162-------217
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Total---178292533524041162-------218
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1863 $20 MS PL
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Total----------11----------2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2643275428853009334545655759587960896685743181538644102261175412318129021362014367151441624017394
2680279829263121375249635799594962886934767283179171107351194212513131411386914626155091662518264
00000057995949628869347672831791711073511942125131314113869146261550900
00000058396019648671827912848096991124512130127071338114118148851587500
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