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: $1381.12 (7/22/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/24/2019

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1864 S $20 MS
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Base $ 1800 1880 1930 2000 2350 3150 3800 4850 7400 9375 16750 26000 47000 80000 165000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1155
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1864 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---14472226131156208194226330611-----1155
--------------1-------1
------1-13------------5
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Total---14472227131157211194226330711-----1161
 ---0 %4 %6 %20 %11 %14 %18 %17 %2 %5 %3 %1 %0 %0 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/8/2003 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 8967 $2,530.00
9/25/2006 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2264, 2264/Lot# 2092 $2,016.00
5/14/2007 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 141, 146/Lot# 2230 $862.50
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 2222 $18,975.00
7/21/2013 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 129856 $2,750.00
6/27/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2642 $9,987.50
9/7/2017 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1259/Lot# 4027 $5,160.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 $20 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18862335238524172585275429103080336535454539504963627543904611294143472277634388525998142483771
2036235223962473264128062967317534253876470954876756804497951231217157266474045862207822060
000000296731753425387647095487675680449795123121715726647404586220700
0000003023327034854208487959247149854510545133291996630517465297181600
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6605
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 3080
Owner: Fiddlehead
 
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