Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 142,790
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: $1239.56 (4/29/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1863 $20 MS obverse 1863 $20 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

At the height of the Civil War, few gold and silver coins were produced in Philadelphia, while the San Francisco Mint continued full scale operations. Among all denominations from the cent to the double eagle, Philadelphia coined 3.7 million dollars and San Francisco produced 20 million dollars. Nearly all of the mintage at each facility was in the form of double eagles. Treasure finds have yielded only a few examples, and no earlier hoards have been discovered. The remarkable Harry Bass Collection contained several examples, but the finest was just XF45. The Dallas Bank Collection contained a similar quality XF example. Higher grade coins are quite rare, as pointed out by Dave Bowers: 'The 1863 is scarce in all grades. Most are VF and EF, punctuated by occasional offerings of AU examples. True Mint State coins are so rare that many old-timers have never seen one.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/10/2015

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1863 $20 MS
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Total Graded: 200
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
4/1/1996 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0828, 828/Lot# 168 $70.85
7/27/2005 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 10409 $16,100.00
12/3/2009 PCGS XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 17760/Lot# 1280 $1,755.00
1/5/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 7251 $11,500.00
8/21/2011 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/21/2011, 132/Lot# 13931 $14,347.30
10/17/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3306 $14,950.00
2/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1828 $16,100.00
7/27/2013 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5334 $2,820.00
5/4/2014 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 802, 811/Lot# 300 $10,500.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 $20 MS
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 3902
Owner: Grandman
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