Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 128
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1730.36 (12/1/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1896 $20 PF obverse 1896 $20 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1896 proof gold $20 has the highest mintage of any proof double eagle in the 19th century. However, it is likely that at least half of this original mintage has been lost to time. Most survivors earn at least a cameo designation, with some even going ultra cameo. The grades tend to hover within a point of gem.

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Last Updated: 1/31/2018

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1896 $20 PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 13000 16000 18750 23500 31500 51000 100000 132500 - - - -
1896 $20 PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 27000 34000 62500 120000 157500 - - - -
1896 $20 PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 42500 82500 135000 177500 270000 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 35
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66

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: 11/24/2020 1896 $20 PF
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Base----------3----11-----5
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Total----------3----11-----5
 ----------60%----20%20%----- 
1896 $20 PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1-12743----18
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Total-----------1-12743----18
 -----------6%-6%11%39%22%17%---- 
1896 $20 PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------11343----12
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Total-------------114431---14
 -------------7%7%29%29%21%7%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 $20 PF CA
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Base1111111171388644102261104755636324695188491107312757130291499711
1111111238076409171104991104758166533758395901163412847136851499711
0000001238076409171104991104758166533758395901163412847136851499700
00000014759814296981077311047607067428216103311219512938143411499700
1896 $20 PF UC
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Base19282215272028213211347240244290472557706286690272517799904611413134461468616747235852510226690
20242383275429513298365641134435507359426491701874348215983512091138591537319026240912563128025
000000411344355073594264917018743482159835120911385915373190262409100
0000004201458054226114669771357616863010624127681427316060213062459600
1896 $20 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1707196924332525288531263639388542905264574763246651712679609485125711383815603172962221723669
17942124246426452965329737214020461554255939643368097404846810514129931442616167189362270124852
000000372140204615542559396433680974048468105141299314426161671893600
000000380341554939558661326542696876828977115421341615015167322057700
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