Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 114
Catalog: KM-74.3
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1279.81 (7/23/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1902 $20 PF obverse 1902 $20 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The business strike gold mintages of 1902 for both eagles and double eagles are curiously low. The 1902 eagles saw a production of 82,400 business strikes, while the year before in Philadelphia there were 1.72 million coins manufactured. For 1902 twenty dollar gold pieces the mintage was even more startling: 31,140 examples, down from 111,000 coins the year before and more than 1.8 million in 1900.

Against this backdrop, the proof emissions of the year appear slender, indeed. A total of 113 and 114 eagles and double eagles, respectively, were produced in 1902. The Mint also officially began fiddling with different proof finishes for gold, an experimentation that would continue sporadically for another decade. While previous proof gold had featured brilliantly mirrored fields with frosty devices, in this year the Mint introduced a surface that was consistently fully mirrored, without the cameo contrast produced by mint-frosted devices. Breen's Proof Encyclopedia, in an easily missed note, says, 'From now through 1907, devices are semi-brilliant on all gold denominations, not frosty.' The Loewinger proof gold reference occasionally calls the finish 'satiny or semi-brilliant.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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1902 $20 PF
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 25
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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5/25/2008 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4478 $43,700.00
7/30/2008 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 2067 $43,125.00
9/6/2009 NGC PF 65   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3474 $57,500.00
11/3/2010 NGC PF 66   Cameo Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5426 $83,375.00
9/4/2011 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2156 $46,000.00
4/9/2015 NGC PF AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 9 - 14 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 3040/Lot# 31846 $246.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1902 $20 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base170718862525323835253919431944994694526456566209640071388247985412338135431571516157203811
1767209927633334365640524379456448845395584062736646750887831068212740142671586217565203810
000000437945644884539558406273664675088783106821274014267158621756500
000000443946295074552560256336689278779318115101314114991160101897300
1902 $20 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179919852648338636834089450246874888547658796448668574318515102261257113838157731711111
186122062894348538184227456447545084561060696527693477929085110081299314483162191711110
000000456447545084561060696527693477929085110081299314483162191711100
000000462548215280574562586606718281549656117891341615128166651711100
1902 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1928212428213592390243264756151585770618916982776988491097113112143471111
1993235630783695404344694756172053625910618923287244812995561168513524143471110
0000004756172053625910618923287244812995561168513524143471100
00000047563439556660496189465575078489102641239813935143471100
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