1872 $20 MS65

CERTIFICATION#: -40659
PCGS#: 8963

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $43.5

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In July 2006, American Numismatic Rarities offered a cancelled obverse die from an 1872-dated Double Eagle, speculating that it may have come from the Carson City Mint because of a "C" stamped on the shank.  Two other Liberty Head $20 obverse dies have appeared on the market:

1877, attributed to the Carson City Mint, sold in 2002 for $23,000

1882, attributed to the San Francisco Mint, sold in 2001 for $20,700

David Akers (1975/88): The 1872 is a moderately scarce date but it is much more obtainable in uncirculated condition than most Type I or Type II P-Mint Double Eagles. Overall, it is simialr in rarity to the 1865 and 1866 but it is not nearly as rare as either in mint state. The 1872 is not as rare in any grade as the 1868-1871 P-Mint issues but it is considerably rarer than the "hoard" date 1867. The 1872 is available in a wide range of grades from VF through average uncirculated. Only in choice uncirculated condition can the 1872 be considered rare and, of course, in gem 65 or better condition, it is very rare.

Diameter: 34.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 251,850 Weight: 33.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
2
1,465
3
1,470
4
1,475
6
1,480
8
1,485
10
1,490
12
1,495
15
1,500
20
1,505
25
1,510
30
1,515
35
1,520
7
45+
1,530
50+
1,605
53+
1,740
55+
2,015
58+
3,600
1
62+
21,000
1
63
37,500
2

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 4,100 R-4.1 22 / 31 89 / 148
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 18 / 31 66 / 148
65 or Better N/A R-.0 5 / 31 TIE 49 / 148 TIE

Condition Census

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