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: $1194.48 (2/22/2017)
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: 11/23/2016

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1881 $20 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 30
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 61


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 1086 $69,000.00
3/8/2012 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1168/Lot# 4288 $38,812.50
3/17/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/17/2013, 66/Lot# 103093 $14,379.20
1/8/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5550 $111,625.00
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
9/9/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 14189 $82,289.95


NGC Registry

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