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: $1442.60 (10/21/2019)
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: 7/31/2019

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1896 $20 MS
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Base $ 1430 1430 1430 1710 1710 1720 1720 1720 1720 1730 1730 1760 2250 4700 18800 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1800 2500 6700 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 10646
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1896 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----1245213113973346464316901901152---10628
------------2331------9
----------1--893------21
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Total-----1245213123973348465417021941152---10658
 -----0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %3 %4 %31 %44 %16 %2 %0 %0 %0 %--- 
1896 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1197--------18
------------1-1-------2
-------------1--------1
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Total----------111081-------21
 ----------5 %5 %48 %38 %5 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1273 $448.50
10/31/2005 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2112, 2112/Lot# 4721 $1,456.00
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 7545 $5,875.00
4/14/2013 NGC MS 62   Prooflike David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 747, 756/Lot# 386 $4,199.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1100 $1,872.00
4/1/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 8130 $1,410.00
8/31/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 214460 $1,450.00
11/6/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1211/Lot# 5310 $1,762.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 $20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23082331233823452352236023712374238123922410241724342617349641905367798412465153042330635932
2316233323402347235523642372237623852398241224232495291037274582623994781341117971275150
000000237223762385239824122423249529103727458262399478134111797100
0000002373237923882404241524282556320339594975711210971143582063900
1896 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base219722192226223322402247225722612268227822952302231223682727378372587732855987891243017880
220422212228223522422250225822632271228422972305233124883079494174168008863610003142470
00000022582263227122842297230523312488307949417416800886361000300
00000022602266227522892300230923492607343161007574828387121121600
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Grade: MS 62 PL
Points: 2910
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2727
Owner: ddr70
 
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