Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 251,850
Catalog: KM-74.2
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1281.16 (9/29/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/11/2016

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1872 $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1575 1600 1650 1800 2000 2250 2500 2700 3650 6500 11250 19500 37000 92500 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 28500 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 717
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64


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10/4/2016 AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131640/Lot# 22271


Auction Prices Realized

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3/11/1998 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1031, 1031/Lot# 2018 $1,002.25
11/7/2003 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 7827 $4,299.85
2/1/2009 NGC AU 53   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1610 $1,293.75
2/15/2010 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 3942 $1,506.50
4/28/2010 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 2313 $17,250.00
2/12/2012 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/12/2012, 7/Lot# 36007 $1,888.70
8/30/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4958 $2,003.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17992233225022682335235225552643278129853194434755157039860111863156052412237706595379487697504
1944223922562290234124202584268928493055357847366023756096881311018444286504498371317957520
000000258426892849305535784736602375609688131101844428650449837131700
0000002614273529173124396351266531808010776143582128333178522608309600
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 4591
Owner: Durham Collection
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2985
Owner: swiss
 
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