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: $1443.02 (10/23/2019)
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: 8/16/2019

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1868 $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1530 1550 1580 2125 2500 4375 7500 9600 13300 19400 28000 58000 66500 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 205
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: 10/22/2019 1868 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----3203522284044261--------201
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------1-1-------------2
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Total----3203622294044261--------203
 ----1 %10 %18 %11 %14 %20 %22 %1 %3 %0 %-------- 
1868 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------1-2-----------3
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Total--------1-2-----------3
 --------33 %-67 %----------- 
1868 $20 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1----------1
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Total-----------1----------1
 -----------100 %---------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/25/1996 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 0826, 826/Lot# 835 $633.00
4/18/2006 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26044, 26044/Lot# 11401 $5,750.00
11/13/2006 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 113, 118/Lot# 1783 $1,380.00
9/14/2008 NGC AU 53   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1592 $3,680.00
3/28/2009 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 3264 $40,250.00
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7829 $6,037.50
1/6/2016 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(6), 1231/Lot# 6657 $2,350.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base184722332648277028573099338638384319495263667276839710416121371111111
197623712689279929383195353739984530542366697650907010990121371111110
000000353739984530542366697650907010990121371111100
000000368741594741589569738023974311563121371111100
1868 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base175321242525264327272960323836754141475661297014810610074117541276518825281724273865660102053104827
1877225825642671280530533384383043465214642473788762106341209114785219413302750379777911029780
00000033843830434652146424737887621063412091147852194133027503797779100
00000035293986455156716719774294181119412428168052505637883580198992200
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 4756
Owner: davidmckay
 
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