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: $1216.82 (2/26/2017)
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: 11/23/2016

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1863 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 1925 2200 2750 3300 3550 4450 6500 9000 14500 26000 34500 58500 - - - - - -
$ - - - 4650 7400 - 17500 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1446
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/30/2006 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2197, 2197/Lot# 2272 $1,400.00
9/10/2006 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2259 $3,565.00
11/18/2010 NGC MS 60   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 533, 540/Lot# 7578 $6,325.00
5/30/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1171/Lot# 5240 $4,887.50
11/10/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 149271 $1,936.00
6/27/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2638 $5,728.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1886233523852417272729603061323833653639449953676616785984281197617905271384165964700101565104328
20362352239625202805299431203280345639264788578370308049961113952209833197849339769881024860
000000312032803456392647885783703080499611139522098331978493397698800
0000003179332335484212507862007445823810793159292406036819570208927700
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4499
Owner: Fog City
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4499
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
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11/1/2003 — Thirty-eight gold double eagles of the San Francisco Mint have been certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation as having come from the final dive on Brother Jonathan, a steamship lost to the sea in 1865.
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