Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 61
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1732.03 (11/29/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 $20 PF obverse 1881 $20 PF 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: 12/31/2017

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1881 $20 PF
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1881 $20 PF CA
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1881 $20 PF UC
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1881 $20 PF
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1881 $20 PF CA
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1881 $20 PF UC
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $20 PF CA
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Base2029111111513756336324740379848494958810074119061537116935190152414311
2029111111713530258636684759781548859975010685130611589217628207242414311
0000001713530258636684759781548859975010685130611589217628207242414300
0000003425546860947043779083249223991211295142161641418322224342414300
1881 $20 PF UC
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Base111111154171665177698372889910074111721242715826172961111
111111180654172218702479708548929110440115901356016316172961111
000000180654172218702479708548929110440115901356016316172961100
000000361254174434739681718723968210806120091469316806172961100
1881 $20 PF
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Base19282385129481318340244935541760897138770482008849102261152914347156031747021076272991
2080238598329481062346343285096564164397327786984169308106601246814766162251867223150272991
0000004328509656416439732778698416930810660124681476616225186722315000
0000004631525658656788751580358633976711095134081518416848198742522500
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