Coin Specifications

Category: Territorials
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 16.7200g
AGW: 0.4837oz
Melt Value: $741.51 (8/24/2019)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 SMALL HEAD WASS, MOLITOR & CO. $20 MS obverse 1855 SMALL HEAD WASS, MOLITOR & CO. $20 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

After their first run of five and ten-dollar coins in 1852, Wass, Molitor and Co. halted their production of coinage with the hopes that the San Francisco Mint would finally begin striking the amount of gold coinage required for commerce. Unfortunately, this was not the case. In fact, due to a lack of necessary assaying supplies, the mint closed its doors in 1855.

This closure once again put strain on the few gold coins currently in circulation,and local bankers convinced Wass and Molitor to begin striking coins again. While no further five-dollar pieces were struck, ten, twenty, and fifty dollar coins were issued.

The $20 coins struck by Wass and Molitor are often found well circulated, indicating that they were well-received in the course of normal commerce. As was the case with the 1852 issues, many likely ended up being melted and converted into Federal coinage.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1855 SMALL HEAD WASS, MOLITOR & CO. $20 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 16
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1855 SMALL HEAD WASS, MOLITOR & CO. $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
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Total----1---27311-1-------16
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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
1/3/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 3698 $69,000.00
1/5/2011 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5727 $32,200.00
6/1/2011 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1156/Lot# 5255 $12,075.00
3/6/2015 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 538 $76,375.00
7/9/2015 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(1), 1222/Lot# 3432 $47,000.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 $20 MS SMALL HEAD WASS, MOLITOR & CO.
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3336394935654577568559923493979502965697561022610653110473333333
3121540715471694880238784928894329553968999121036810784110473333330
0000008784928894329553968999121036810784110473333300
00000090099342946796049722100691051010915110473333300
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