Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 77
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1778.13 (12/3/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1885 $20 PF obverse 1885 $20 PF 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: 11/30/2016

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1885 $20 PF
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1885 $20 PF CA
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1885 $20 PF UC
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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 8
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/1/2020 1885 $20 PF
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1885 $20 PF CA
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1885 $20 PF UC
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 $20 PF CA
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Base223326483099324734963800475657836324672070777403798490079918111231368515488177232077011
2371279831483330359741195098596364566839718675978325931110320119771428616233187392077011
0000005098596364566839718675978325931110320119771428616233187392077000
0000005441614465886958729477908666961410721128311488716978197542077000
1885 $20 PF UC
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Base23852821329234471402450216089665170617431776994159918109191257114619161481111
253029783344344713424356537762766788718475448318958310252114701325415129161481111
000000537762766788718475448318958310252114701325415129161481100
000000573364646924730876568866975010585120201393615638161481100
1885 $20 PF
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Base2124252529603103334536394565556360896473682071387704851594151084113281146191635316818206031
2258267030083184344339484898573862176589692673277974881598901165413727151971650818080206031
000000489857386217658969267327797488159890116541372715197165081808000
0000005230591463456704703275158245911510366124681417315775166631934100
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