Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 15,510
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1251.46 (9/25/2017)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1870 $20 MS obverse 1870 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1870 Liberty Head double eagle was produced in adequate quantities, but the issue is seldom encountered today, especially in Mint State grades. Collecting large denomination gold coins did not become popular until the 1930s, and the few collectors who did pursue double eagle collections usually opted for proof specimens to represent the date.

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Last Updated: 11/23/2016

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1870 $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 271
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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1/2/1996 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 0802, 802/Lot# 868 $1,055.00
9/22/2010 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 5578 $4,600.00
6/14/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 9746 $1,610.00
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 118833 $5,638.60
8/8/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5914 $27,025.00
6/29/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 810, 819/Lot# 237 $2,600.00
8/5/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 4135 $3,818.75
8/12/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1223/Lot# 6410 $5,875.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base170718862335255526712807298534063984459150496545759787681115317329272134315169027111297114254117268
1767203624082594271628663125359941864744554868967987956313212206243252651776831171122831152590
00000031253599418647445548689679879563132122062432526517768311711228300
000000326637914389489660467246837810358152702391837838604029720711326800
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