Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 86
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4400g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1721.89 (11/30/2020)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 $20 PF obverse 1897 $20 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

A mere 86 proof double eagles were struck in Philadelphia in 1897. Survivors are extremely rare, but are most often found with cameo or ultra cameo contrast in the PF64-PF65 range.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/30/2016

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1897 $20 PF
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1897 $20 PF CA
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1897 $20 PF UC
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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 18
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1897 $20 PF CA
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Base-------------422111---11
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Total-------------422111---11
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1897 $20 PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1222----7
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---------------32-----5
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Total--------------1542----12
 --------------8%42%33%17%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 $20 PF CA
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Base198526483386368340894502475649525254587963586567683077568515105711275714062160421871811
220628943485381842274587482150535462603964286655713980099200113001319214722169341871811
000000482150535462603964286655713980099200113001319214722169341871800
000000488751535671619864976742744782629886120281362715382178261871800
1897 $20 PF UC
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Base2124282135923902432647565021155396189668569021188491164313446144851111
2356307836954043446948445021184757566354675769021295097801224413792144851111
0000005021184757566354675769021295097801224413792144851100
00000050213693597265206830690215900107121284514139144851100
1897 $20 PF
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Base188625253238352539194319456547565049565661216324658172878247978912338135431571518195196041
2099276333343656405244014629485452515811618964106816760787611063912740142671654218665196041
000000462948545251581161896410681676078761106391274014267165421866500
000000469249515454596662566495705279279275114881314114991173681913400
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