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: $1729.87 (12/1/2020)
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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Last Updated: 12/1/2020

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1872 $20 MS
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Base $ 1855 1855 1855 1875 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 717
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: 11/24/2020 1872 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1-4849569315627023331112------707
-----------18---------9
---------14-----------5
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Total--1-4849569315727424411112------721
 --0%-1%1%7%8%13%22%38%3%6%2%0%0%------ 
1872 $20 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------1-522---------10
------------1---------1
------------2---------2
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Total--------1-525---------13
 --------8%-38%15%38%--------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 $20 MS
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Base17992233225022682335235225552643278129853194434755157039860111863156052412237706595379487697504
194422392256229023412420258426892849305535784736602375609688131101844428650449837131795752102379
000000258426892849305535784736602375609688131101844428650449837131700
0000002614273529173124396351266531808010776143582128333178522608309600
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 2985
Owner: HYKYRONE
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2985
Owner: swiss
 
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