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: $1279.04 (8/27/2016)
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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1010
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Price
7/15/1996 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0858, 858/Lot# 1928 $659.38
11/21/2005 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #63, 68/Lot# 1134 $1,874.50
5/30/2007 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2007 May/June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #438, 438/Lot# 2564 $2,530.00
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
11/18/2012 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/18/2012, 49/Lot# 85361 $2,365.00
7/9/2015 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(1), 1222/Lot# 3354 $12,925.00
11/5/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 21144 $1,762.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18862335238524172671288530573126344738525071570264007756952011047152972277634388525998142483771
20362352239625022742294230803233358242585281593568528344100291246417790266474045862207822060
0000003080323335824258528159356852834410029124641779026647404586220700
0000003103334037174665549261677304893210538138802028330517465297181600
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5071
Owner: Shell2day
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 3126
Owner: fiddlehead
 
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