1849 $20 Mormon XF45

CERTIFICATION#: 16171252
PCGS#: 10274

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Hall: This is one of the rarest Pioneer gold coins and also one of the most important. The 1849 Mormon issues were the first Pioneer gold coins struck from California gold. And the 1849 $20 is the largest denomination of the Mormon gold coins. But this denomination, and the even rarer 1849 $10, were struck in extremely limited quantities.

I recently examined the Smithsonian example (though a plexi-glass display case) and I believe PCGS would grade the coin MS61. It is arguably the finest known. This coin came from the incredible Lilly collection, which was donated in whole to the Smithsonian. Most of the great Pioneer gold coins in the Smithsonian are from the Lilly collection.

P. Scott Rubin: The 1849 Twenty Dollar Mormon Gold coin is the first Double Eagle denomination coin struck in the United States for general circulation. This beat the U.S. Government by one year and makes this coin even more desirable for those wishing a complete a collection of this important denomination.

Diameter: N/A Designer: N/A Edge: N/A
Mintage: N/A Weight: N/A Metal Content: Other
8
55,000
10
65,000
12
80,000
15
90,000
20
115,000
1
25
130,000
1
30
145,000
1
35
160,000
2
40
195,000
3
45
225,000
3
50
250,000
1
53
300,000
1
55
350,000
61
1

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS61 PCGS estimated grade  

Josiah Lilly - National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution


2 AU58 estimated grade  

John Glover Kellogg and heirs - Thomas Elder 10/1916:741, $450 - Virgil Brand Collection (Brand Journal #81206) - Armin Brand, offered at $600 on 3/1/1942) - B.G. Johnson - Jacob Shapiro Collection - Stack's 12/1944:1020, $900 - Major Alfred Walter Collection - New Netherlands 12/1968:593, $8,000 - Henry Clifford Collection - Kagin Collection Collection - Riverboat Collection - Heritage 4/2014:5456, $558,125

3 AU50 PCGS grade  
4 XF45 PCGS grade  
4 XF45 PCGS grade