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: $1810.14 (5/18/2021)
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: 5/18/2021

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1896 $20 MS
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Base $ 1935 1935 1935 1955 1965 1980 1980 1980 2000 2050 2225 2275 4050 4500 20000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 2300 4100 6150 - - - -
1896 $20 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 2700 3000 3500 4250 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 10783
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/18/2021 1896 $20 MS
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Base-----1245233184003366472217171901052---10765
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----------1--892------20
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Total-----1245233194003368473517291931052---10796
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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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Base2308231523222335234523522358236523752381238824142495252534573601675372007667815788539593
23102317232623382347235423602368237723832397244125052836350546526902735678308389910010073
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0000002363237223792386240524682515314635535702705175117994862100
1896 $20 MS
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Base2325232923322335234223492358236223652372237824102480252534473525668571287592807987709504
2326233023332337234423522359236323672374238924332495283234734578683372837754830990159979
0000002359236323672374238924332495283234734578683372837754830900
0000002361236423702376239924572510314034995632698074377917854000
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3525
Owner: D. G. Nichols
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 3447
Owner: ChiefUSNret99
 
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