Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 793,660
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: $1296.45 (9/25/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/11/2016

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1864 S $20 MS
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Total Graded: 1013
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/18/2005 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2041, 2041/Lot# 2156 $1,870.00
11/21/2005 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #63, 68/Lot# 1134 $1,874.50
4/15/2007 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67044, 67044/Lot# 23716 $1,150.00
5/25/2008 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4763 $4,255.00
7/7/2011 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1157/Lot# 5019 $2,530.00
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1184/Lot# 4574 $16,450.00
6/15/2014 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/15/2014, 196/Lot# 196843 $13,477.20
10/31/2014 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 5470 $2,585.00
6/4/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1221/Lot# 5413 $1,880.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 S $20 MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5071
Owner: Shell2day
Grade: AU 50
Points: 3126
Owner: fiddlehead
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