Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1435.78 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1886 $20 MS obverse 1886 $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1886 $20 double eagle is among the rarest issues with only 1,000 mint state and 106 proof pieces struck. This total mintage makes this the 6th lowest mintage for the entire series. It is believed that perhaps a third of the proofs have survived. The business strike issues have fared even worse, with an estimated surviving population of only a few dozen pieces at most.

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Last Updated: 8/23/2019

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1886 $20 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 23
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1886 $20 MS
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Base-----12-648-1---1-----23
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Total-----121649-1---1-----25
 -----4 %8 %4 %24 %16 %36 %-4 %---4 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
1/22/2007 NGC MS 70   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 123, 128/Lot# 2645 $1,150.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7779 $106,375.00
1/8/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5558 $129,250.00
8/5/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5732 $111,625.00
8/12/2015 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4496 $76,375.00
4/27/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1234/Lot# 4834 $82,250.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1886 $20 MS
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Base289231273376583678081043011970123781293713364137621441615006160421806220344215172296525677336074482046332
29703210419664938682109431210612564130791349713980146131535116715188232073522000238692832037345453240
000000121061256413079134971398014613153511671518823207352200023869283203734500
000000122421275113222136291419814809156971738919583211262248224773309644108200
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