Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 792,535
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1730.12 (6/25/2021)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1896 $20 MS obverse 1896 $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With a mintage of nearly 800,000 coins, one might not expect that 1896 gold double eagle to be too scarce today. However, while available in grades up to and including MS63, in near-gem, this coin becomes much scarcer. It is extremely rare in gem or higher.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/25/2021

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1896 $20 MS
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Base $ 1855 1855 1855 1875 1885 1900 1900 1900 1930 1980 2125 2200 4050 4500 20000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 2225 4100 6150 - - - -
1896 $20 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 2700 3000 3500 4250 - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 10786
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/22/2021 1896 $20 MS
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Base-----1245233184003366472417171911052---10768
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----------1--892------20
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Total-----1245233194003368473717291941052---10799
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1896 $20 MS PL
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Base----------1197--------18
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Total----------111081-------21
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 $20 MS PL
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Base25592559255925592572257825822585258525852860300932383545362238007077753880228528924710011
25592559255925632574257925832585258526772910308533403571368148927231769981918768950210512
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1896 $20 MS
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Base2439243924392439245124582461246424642464248025102614264334673639682072707741823489359679
24392439243924432453245924622464246424692490254526242918352446996970742779058468918310163
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0000002463246424642475250025792633319235825760712075848070870100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3639
Owner: D. G. Nichols
 
Grade: MS 62 PL
Points: 3578
Owner: Grandman
 
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