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: $1255.04 (9/22/2017)
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: 11/23/2016

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1872 $20 MS
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Base $ 1525 1550 1650 1850 2250 2350 2600 3150 4300 5800 10450 20500 30000 92500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 702
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64


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4/29/1998 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1045, 1045/Lot# 2111 $501.13
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 4001 $5,520.00
10/24/2006 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Signature Coin Auction #428, 428/Lot# 3243 $1,955.00
2/12/2012 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/12/2012, 7/Lot# 36007 $1,888.70
6/3/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131224/Lot# 24614 $1,725.00
6/5/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1186/Lot# 9013 $2,130.28
8/30/2013 NGC   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4957 $1,410.00


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