Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 793,660
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1732.03 (11/28/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1864 S $20 MS obverse 1864 S $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Before the treasures of the S.S. Brother Jonathan and the S.S. Republic were recovered, the 1864-S Liberty double eagle was one of the most difficult Type One issues to find in Mint State. The substantial mintage of 793,660 pieces assured an adequate supply of VF to AU examples, but any Uncirculated specimen was a rarity. The situation improved considerably once the coins from the famous shipwrecks entered the market. In A Guide Book of Double Eagle Gold Coins, Q. David Bowers estimates a surviving population of 45 to 60 coins in Mint State grades today. The majority of shipwreck coins seen are in the lowest Uncirculated grades, leaving coins at the MS62 level decidedly rare.

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Last Updated: 11/28/2020

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1864 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1855 1855 1855 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1147
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1864 S $20 MS
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Base---14575232129158198184246330611-----1147
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Total---14575232129159202184246330711-----1153
 ---0%4%7%20%11%14%18%16%2%5%3%1%0%0%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 S $20 MS
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Base18862335238524172585275429103080336535454539504963627543904611294143472277634388525998142483771
20362352239624732641280629673175342538764709548767568044979512312171572664740458622078220687960
000000296731753425387647095487675680449795123121715726647404586220700
0000003023327034854208487959247149854510545133291996630517465297181600
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6605
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 3365
Owner: edinparkmo
 
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