Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 854,173
Catalog: KM-A74.1
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1195.06 (2/12/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1862 S $20 MS obverse 1862 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The sale of the S.S. Brother Jonathan treasure included 68 different examples of this date. However, only one piece was graded Mint State (with environmental damage) and only one other was graded AU58. After that, about 40 lower quality AU grade coins were offered. Even though the rarity of this issue was noticeably diminished when that treasure was discovered and dispersed, it is still quite rare in top grades. About a dozen Mint State coins were found in the S.S. Republic treasure.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/10/2015

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1862 S $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1089
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/23/2006 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2235, 2235/Lot# 2119 $3,696.00
11/6/2007 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Dallas, TX US Coin Signature Auction #452, 452/Lot# 2273 $13,225.00
2/1/2009 NGC XF 45   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1606 $1,437.50
8/28/2011 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/28/2011, 133/Lot# 15647 $2,475.00
2/3/2014 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1202/Lot# 4831 $1,997.50
6/8/2014 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 807, 816/Lot# 7269 $9,175.00
6/9/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20632 $2,761.25
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 6107 $5,875.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base208724642525258527542985323835643783436151586616743191221065315383236363673957717915549411496726
22132484254526412831306933473637397646275644688879959632122301813428004437326899692407949850
0000003347363739764627564468887995963212230181342800443732689969240700
00000034553710416848926130715985581014313806208853237150724802759326100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5158
Owner: Grandman
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 3783
Owner: G & R coins
 
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