1850 $20 AU50

CERTIFICATION#: -35595
PCGS#: 8902

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Higgy; Elser (1949) Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $1980

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1850 is the first regularly issued Double Eagle. It is essentially identical in design to the pattern 1849 although the relief of the head, particularly Liberty's cheek, is slightly lower. Because of its first year status, the 1850 often brings rather higher prices than some other dates of this type that are actually more rare. In reality, the 1850 is one of the most common Type I Double Eagles and mint state examples, although quite rare, are seen more often than many overzealous cataloguers would lead one to believe. Nevertheless, VF and EF are by far the most often available grades. I have seen a fair number of choice and gem quality specimens and have seen several that I would call "superb." Most known 1850 Double Eagles are semi-prooflike but fully frosty and fully prooflike examples are also encountered.

 

 

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,170,261 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
10
1,770
1
12
1,850
1
15
1,925
45+
4,950
50+
6,000
53+
7,200
55+
9,500
58+
13,000
62+
36,000
2
63+
57,500
64
85,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 3,770 R-4.2 37 / 44 TIE 80 / 148 TIE
60 or Better 70 R-8.3 30 / 44 TIE 57 / 148 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 44 1 / 148

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 estimated grade  
1 MS64 estimated grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade