Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 80
Catalog: KM-74.1
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1236.47 (5/5/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 $20 PF obverse 1859 $20 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

A fledgling community of numismatists in this country prompted the United States Mint in Philadelphia to commence issuing proof gold coinage on a limited basis in the years just prior to the Civil War. The number of proof Double Eagles recorded as being produced in 1859 (a mere 80 pieces) no doubt proved to too many, as only a handful of recognizable proofs survive today.

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Last Updated: 11/23/2015

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1859 $20 PF
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 65


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1/28/2004 NGC PF AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 7588 $14,375.00
9/13/2006 NGC PF AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #416, 416/Lot# 4434 $17,250.00
6/4/2015 NGC PF 63   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 4371 $223,250.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 $20 PF
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Base2585269929853238344740644141515862486820725896901028511123131121702718723207232265824148301791
2623279430693308365340904480552164396966806998881056411786144171759219390213682315526158301790
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1859 $20 PF Cameo
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Base2710282831243386360142394319536764887077752610022106321149013527175301926321304238733028711
2749292732113458381442664668574166847227835810225109181216914861181081994322160260113028710
0000004668574166847227835810225109181216914861181081994322160260113028700
0000005018611468817376919010429112041284816196186852062423017281493028700
1859 $20 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base2885300913592381714565565668207431789710480111101199714098182222000422102241311755611
2926300911983667381715224929604470247586875810690114061269715473188162070322778241311755610
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0000005292643272277742961910900117011339816847194102140323455241311755600
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