Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 751
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1443.03 (10/19/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1885 $20 MS obverse 1885 $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In 1885, the Philadelphia Mint struck nearly 18 million Morgan dollars. Clearly, the Mint had their hands full considering how few double eagles were struck. A minuscule total of only 828 $20 coins were struck in the facility that year. 77 of those were proofs, with the balance being struck with a mint state finish. Today, mint state coins are more plentiful than proofs, but they tend to come in low mint state or below. Proofs on the other hand come pretty nice, with grades hovering around gem.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/23/2019

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1885 $20 MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 54
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 62

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1885 $20 MS
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Base----1-626415582--------49
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Total----1-626415583--------50
 ----2 %-12 %4 %12 %8 %30 %10 %16 %6 %-------- 
1885 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------221----------5
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Total---------221----------5
 ---------40 %40 %20 %---------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/17/1996 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 1996 ANA Signature Sale #163, 163/Lot# 8544 $6,820.00
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 1091 $44,850.00
2/11/2007 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2552 $41,400.00
2/3/2011 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1152/Lot# 4651 $80,500.00
3/8/2012 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1168/Lot# 4296 $43,125.00
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10246 $82,250.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 $20 MS Prooflike
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Base28263057330135603984439646744927578462536856721075868247907612230152641940525135331744461146118
29033138338737014121448847585212594064546974733578068523101271324116644213152781436986451130
0000004758521259406454697473357806852310127132411664421315278143698600
0000004842549860966655709274608026879911178142521802423225304944079800
1885 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base300934473817493566167808868697561022610735111721175412075125711406214725153711886624481323674360545086
31553570419054957013810190439913103961088111366118611224013068142831494016536207382711036113440990
0000009043991310396108811136611861122401306814283149401653620738271103611300
00000093991006910565110261156011968124061356514504151561770122609297383985900
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Grade: UNC Details
Points: 5877
Owner: Grandman
 
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