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: $1698.69 (9/19/2021)
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: 9/9/2020

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1885 $20 MS
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1885 $20 MS PL
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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: 9/14/2021 1885 $20 MS
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Base----1-626414682--------49
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Total----1-626414683--------50
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1885 $20 MS PL
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Base---------221----------5
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Total---------221----------5
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 $20 MS PL
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Base28263057330135603984439646744927578462536856721075868247907612230152641940525135331744461146118
290331383387370141214488475852125940645469747335780685231012713241166442131527814369864511348424
0000004758521259406454697473357806852310127132411664421315278143698600
0000004842549860966655709274608026879911178142521802423225304944079800
1885 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base686870061584072877431805892439415975610372107881104712116131121391414552152131602316864177381896920262
691499511584073357640845393009529996110511108741140312448133791412714772154831630317155181481940021275
000000930095299961105111087411403124481337914127147721548316303171551814800
0000009358964210167106491096111760127801364714339149931575316584174471855900
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 10788
Owner: Stirling's Sets
 
Grade: UNC Details
Points: 5524
Owner: Grandman
 
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