Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 30
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1730.84 (12/1/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 $20 PF obverse 1879 $20 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

An exceedingly rare proof double eagle, one of a mere 30 pieces that were originally produced in 1879. Of that number, Akers estimates that only 10 or 11 pieces are extant, while Breen states that only 8-10 pieces survived.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/30/2016

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1879 $20 PF
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1879 $20 PF CA
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1879 $20 PF CA
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Base------------1--11-----3
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Total------------1--111----4
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $20 PF CA
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1879 $20 PF UC
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1879 $20 PF
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Base111111112860363944854935556365457704904611529134461500620341261411
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000000119073379420347855353621773178598107011280714486185622420700
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Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 16098
Owner: First Strike Society
 
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