1856 $20 MS62

CERTIFICATION#: 13089403
PCGS#: 8917

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1856 is a very elusive date, generally obtainable only in VF or EF condition. In AU it is very scarce and in unciculated 60 or better it is rare. Locating a choice or gem quality unc would be a very difficult task indeed and I have seen only  a couple at those levels. As is the case with a number of the $20 issues from the mid-1850's, particularly the S-Mints, "saltwater uncs" are occasionally available (cf1974 ANA). Among Type I Double Eagles from the Philadelphia Mint, the 1856 is comparable in overall rarity to the 1855, 1857, 1858, 1863 and 1864 although it is a little easier to locate in Unc. than the latter four dates, particularly the 1863 and 1864 which are all but unobtainable in mint state.

 

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 329,878 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 708 R-5.5 20 / 44 37 / 148
60 or Better 28 R-8.9 20 / 44 TIE 36 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 44 1 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade
4 MS62 PCGS grade