Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 966,570
Catalog: KM-A74.1
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1284.94 (8/24/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/11/2016

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1863 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1800 1875 2050 2375 2750 3350 3700 4250 7175 10250 16900 27000 35000 51000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1442
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/2/2007 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2416, 2416/Lot# 2584 $4,592.00
9/6/2009 NGC MS 60   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3451 $6,670.00
12/9/2012 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 729, 738/Lot# 239 $17,750.00
6/9/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 105762 $1,497.10
1/26/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/26/2014, 165/Lot# 167706 $1,857.77
4/14/2014 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20750 $1,909.38
1/7/2015 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7455 $1,880.00


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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