Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 51,420
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1757.64 (7/28/2021)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1880 $20 MS obverse 1880 $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck 51,420 $20 gold double eagles in 1880. This date clearly circulated, as most examples are found in the upper end of AU. In mint state, this issue becomes very rare, especially in MS62 or higher. The proof versions of this date are even scarcer however, with only 36 pieces struck with only 10-15 believed to still exist. The NGC census shows only four graded thus far. (11/2016)

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Last Updated: 7/29/2021

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1880 $20 MS
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Base $ 1885 1885 1885 1905 1915 2300 2650 3000 4850 9000 16500 22500 39500 - - - - - - -
1880 $20 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - 5850 7250 - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 421
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/27/2021 1880 $20 MS
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Total-----7332749115121243243-------415
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1880 $20 MS PL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 $20 MS PL
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Base2559255925592559257225782701277029684095449951376567740391189586100721067011294119451286613839
2559255925592563257426192724283633444230471256146846797592749748102711087811511122521319014531
00000027242836334442304712561468467975927497481027110878115111225200
00000027472902371943644924609071248546943099101047111086117281255900
1880 $20 MS
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Base243924392439243924512458257626432834300937654935632471388809926597391032310932115671246713417
243924392439244324532497259827072892326141555398659576958961942399341052611144118671278414088
0000002598270728923261415553986595769589619423993410526111441186700
00000026212770295135134545586168678252911395811012810729113551216700
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Grade: AU 58 PL
Points: 4563
Owner: DougG
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3765
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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