Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 98,575
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1730.84 (12/1/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1868 $20 MS obverse 1868 $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1868 is a true 'sleeper' date among Type Two Double Eagles. It is reasonably scarce in all grades and rare in the middle About Uncirculated grades. It is easily the most difficult Type Two issue from Philadelphia in high grades and can be regarded as a true rarity in Mint State with just seven to nine pieces known. The only Uncirculated 1868 to sell in many years was the Dallas Bank Collection: 48 coin, which realized $16,100. It was subsequently graded MS 62 by NGC.

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Last Updated: 12/1/2020

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1868 $20 MS
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Base $ 1855 1855 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 209
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1868 $20 MS
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1868 $20 MS PL
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1868 $20 MS DPL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 $20 MS PL
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Base184722332648277028573099338638384319495263667276839710416121371111111
197623712689279929383195353739984530542366697650907010990121371111111
000000353739984530542366697650907010990121371111100
000000368741594741589569738023974311563121371111100
1868 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base175321242525264327272960323836754141475661297014810610074117541276518825281724273865660102053104827
187722582564267128053053338438304346521464247378876210634120911478521941330275037977791102978110068
00000033843830434652146424737887621063412091147852194133027503797779100
00000035293986455156716719774294181119412428168052505637883580198992200
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 6129
Owner: John H Erickson
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 4756
Owner: davidmckay
 
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