Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 966,570
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1646.93 (3/6/2021)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1863 S $20 MS obverse 1863 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Prior to the discovery of the S.S. Brother Jonathan treasure, the 1863-S was one of the scarcest San Francisco issues of its era in high grades. Dave Bowers, who handled the treasure, commented: 'The treasure from the S.S. Brother Jonathan brought to market a group of AU and Mint State coins, accounting for most of the higher grade pieces known today, although at least a dozen different Mint State coins were on the market in earlier times.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/5/2021

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1863 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1770 1770 2100 2250 2700 3000 3250 3700 6500 7000 12000 23500 35000 55000 - - - - - -
$ - - - 4650 6700 - 17500 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1783
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1863 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----4210037818626934134521543017-------1783
--------------12------3
---------43-32--------12
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Total----42100378186269345348215732182------1798
 ----2%6%21%10%15%19%19%1%3%2%1%0%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1886233523852417272729603061323833653639449953676616785984281197617905271384165964700101565104328
2036235223962520280529943120328034563926478857837030804996111395220983319784933976988102486109544
000000312032803456392647885783703080499611139522098331978493397698800
0000003179332335484212507862007445823810793159292406036819570208927700
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4499
Owner: Fog City
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4499
Owner: Grandman
 
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