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: $1443.03 (10/19/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/28/2019

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1870 $20 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 273
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1870 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----2643203557685181431------272
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Total----2643203557695181431------273
 ----1 %2 %16 %7 %13 %21 %25 %2 %7 %5 %1 %0 %------ 
1870 $20 MS 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
1/6/1996 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 1996 F.U.N. Signature Sale #149, 149/Lot# 6109 $1,650.00
2/27/2003 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 8475 $3,220.00
12/8/2004 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2004 December Dallas Signature Sale #277, 277/Lot# 6869 $4,312.50
2/23/2006 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2166, 2166/Lot# 1141 $1,288.00
1/3/2007 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 6299 $5,175.00
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 118833 $5,638.60
6/29/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 810, 819/Lot# 237 $2,600.00
10/31/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 5472 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

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