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: $1440.57 (10/21/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/11/2019

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1880 $20 MS
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Base $ 1530 1530 1530 1540 1550 1580 1800 2300 4200 7450 17500 21500 39500 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 413
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1880 $20 MS
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Base-----7312646112122233143-------405
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Total-----7312646113122233143-------406
 -----2 %8 %6 %11 %28 %30 %6 %8 %1 %1 %------- 
1880 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------233-----------8
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Total--------233-----------8
 --------25 %38 %38 %----------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/9/1994 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 1994 December St. Louis Bullet Sale #126, 126/Lot# 937 $522.50
5/2/2004 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1877, 1877/Lot# 1565 $1,265.00
8/13/2007 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 168, 173/Lot# 2077 $747.50
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1622 $5,405.00
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 25341 $1,880.00
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 12067 $23,500.00
8/12/2015 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4487 $14,100.00
9/5/2019 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2019 September 5 - 8 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1299/Lot# 5065 $2,400.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 $20 MS Prooflike
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Base23082331233823452365239424172455258529683560468763247340849492481398021410331805198363161100374
2316233323402352237524022430249827133165393652336663772587451082516457253333944855709755650
000000243024982713316539365233666377258745108251645725333394485570900
000000244225422840336343115778700181098997124031893329257457155943500
1880 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2197221922262233225022682285230224642834340644996089707782008935135552082732373508568066983000
2204222122282239225622742291235625873025377050296418745184451047515979246763853460794814460
000000229123562587302537705029641874518445104751597924676385346079400
000000229624102711321541355559674878268690120151840328524446957073100
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Grade: AU 58 PL
Points: 3560
Owner: Thornton
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 3406
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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