Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 251,850
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1451.65 (8/22/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1872 $20 MS obverse 1872 $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In his Guide Book of Double Eagle Gold Coins, Q. David Bowers (2004) notes that Type Two P-mint double eagles rarely circulated on the East Coast: 'Most Philadelphia coins were exported and melted, while others were sent to the West. Double eagles of this mint were not used in commerce to a great extent ... ' While this accounts for the availability of pieces in higher circulated grades and even lower Mint State grades, Select and finer pieces remain highly elusive.

Winter and Fuljenz, in their Type Two Double Eagles 1866-1876, comment on how challenging finding visually appealing 1872 double eagles can be: 'It is possible to locate a specimen with well-defined hair, sharp stars and a crisply detailed reverse. It is not as easy, however, to find a piece which has clean surfaces.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1872 $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1530 1550 1650 2075 2250 2400 2525 2600 4300 5800 10450 20500 30000 92500 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 24500 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 708
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

The chart showing VG series, F series, 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: 8/20/2019 1872 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1-4848569015626523341112------699
-----------18---------9
------1--14-----------6
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Total--1-4849569015726924421112------714
 --0 %-1 %1 %7 %8 %13 %22 %38 %3 %6 %2 %0 %0 %------ 
1872 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------1-512---------9
------------1---------1
------------2---------2
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Total--------1-515---------12
 --------8 %-42 %8 %42 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/8/2003 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1816, 1816/Lot# 1922 $880.00
6/29/2005 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2005 June New York, NY Signature Auction #380, 380/Lot# 6715 $1,955.00
2/1/2009 NGC AU 53   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1610 $1,293.75
5/5/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/05/2013, 73/Lot# 105718 $1,596.11
3/28/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6319 $3,231.25
1/4/2017 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(8), 1251/Lot# 11223 $1,527.50
11/2/2017 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1261/Lot# 16993 $6,600.00


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