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: $1773.49 (5/8/2021)
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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Last Updated: 8/31/2020

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1881 $20 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 38
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1881 $20 MS
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1881 $20 MS PL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $20 MS
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Base215023393860493565457704916099181129412757136061484216596167712071530045442636617468189702497235474506
2213284642185472693181899413103771178213040140181542716654180862382534784515676684668876709517307178231
00000094131037711782130401401815427166541808623825347845156766846688767095100
00000096651083512269133231443016011167131940026935395245887067517695627165200
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 12757
Owner: Stirling's Sets
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 12757
Owner: swiss
 
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