Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,199
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1454.13 (8/19/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 $20 MS obverse 1881 $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia mint struck a mere 2,199 business strike $20 gold double eagles in 1881. Today they are very rare in all grades, and even more-so in mint state. NGC has only graded a total of four examples in mint state. The proof version of this date is even rarer, however, with only 61 coins struck. NGC has only graded a total of 7 examples of the proof. (11/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/17/2019

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1881 $20 MS
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Base $ - - 9500 24200 33500 42500 52000 77500 97000 127500 185000 195000 - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 36
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/13/2019 1881 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------49647221--------35
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Total------49647221--------35
 ------11 %26 %17 %11 %20 %6 %6 %3 %-------- 
1881 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1---------1
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Total------------1---------1
 ------------100 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/7/2004 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 3163 $18,400.00
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 1086 $69,000.00
3/17/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/17/2013, 66/Lot# 103093 $14,379.20
8/8/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5919 $12,925.00
2/27/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(2), 1203/Lot# 4286 $16,450.00
8/12/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4489 $56,400.00
7/12/2018 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2018 July 12 - 15 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1277/Lot# 3265 $22,800.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base215023393860493565457704916099181129412757136061484216596167712071530045442636617468189702497235474506
221328464218547269318189941310377117821304014018154271665418086238253478451567668466887670951730710
00000094131037711782130401401815427166541808623825347845156766846688767095100
00000096651083512269133231443016011167131940026935395245887067517695627165200
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 12757
Owner: swiss
 
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