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: $1454.03 (8/19/2019)
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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GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1863 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1800 1880 1930 2300 2750 3300 3550 4450 6150 7500 12400 26000 37500 54500 - - - - - -
$ - - - 4650 7400 - 17500 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1786
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: 8/13/2019 1863 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----4210037118426534635820533017-------1786
--------------12------3
---------34-32--------12
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Total----42100371184265349362205632182------1801
 ----2 %6 %21 %10 %15 %19 %20 %1 %3 %2 %1 %0 %------ 

Upcoming Auctions

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
8/18/2019 XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2019 August 14 - 18 ANA World's Fair of Money US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1298/Lot# 4848
8/18/2019 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2019 August 14 - 18 ANA World's Fair of Money US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1298/Lot# 4850
8/20/2019 XF 45   Stack's Bowers August 2019 ANA Auction, 6213/Lot# 7614


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/13/2006 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #416, 416/Lot# 4065 $1,265.00
6/20/2010 NGC VF 35   Teletrade Auction 2874, 2874/Lot# 2767 $1,840.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 2077 $4,370.00
12/9/2012 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 729, 738/Lot# 239 $17,750.00
7/11/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1187/Lot# 3725 $4,700.00
11/10/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 149271 $1,936.00
8/8/2014 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4408 $1,645.00
4/25/2019 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1294/Lot# 5006 $5,520.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1886233523852417272729603061323833653639449953676616785984281197617905271384165964700101565104328
20362352239625202805299431203280345639264788578370308049961113952209833197849339769881024860
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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