Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 15,510
Catalog: KM-74.2
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.44g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1199.51 (2/12/2016)
Diameter: 34mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 $20 MS obverse 1870 $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1870 Liberty Head double eagle was produced in adequate quantities, but the issue is seldom encountered today, especially in Mint State grades. Collecting large denomination gold coins did not become popular until the 1930s, and the few collectors who did pursue double eagle collections usually opted for proof specimens to represent the date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/13/2015

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1870 $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - 2150 2350 2600 3900 5500 7600 9500 23500 34000 60000 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - 11000 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 266
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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3/4/1996 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 0820, 820/Lot# 864 $580.25
11/21/2005 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #63, 68/Lot# 1140 $793.50
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 3718 $48,875.00
9/9/2009 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2009 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1129, 1129/Lot# 1801 $2,070.00
6/9/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 118833 $5,638.60
12/5/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(6), 1192/Lot# 9723 $2,115.00
8/6/2014 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 12041 $55,812.50
10/31/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 5472 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base170718862335255526712807298534063984459150496545759787681115317329272134315169027111297114254117268
1767203624082594271628663125359941864744554868967987956313212206243252651776831171122831152590
00000031253599418647445548689679879563132122062432526517768311711228300
000000326637914389489660467246837810358152702391837838604029720711326800
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