1872 $20 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62+

PCGS MS62+

PCGS #:
8963
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Weight:
33.40 grams
Mintage:
251,850
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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 1 / 31 1 / 148
Survival Estimate
All Grades 4,100
60 or Better 100
65 or Better N/A
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.1
60 or Better R-8.0
65 or Better
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 22 / 31
60 or Better 18 / 31
65 or Better 1 / 31
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 89 / 148
60 or Better 66 / 148
65 or Better 1 / 148

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
Plate coin in U.S. Liberty Head $20 Double Eagles -- The Gilded Age of Coinage, page 193
 
Heritage 8/2001:8025 - National Coin, sold privately in 11/2001 - David Wnuck - Gilded Age Collection (Robert J. Galiette) - Stack's/Bowers 8/2014:12045, $28,200 - Heritage 1/2015:4381, $28,200 - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:236, $21,150
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
	MS63 PCGS grade

"AWA" Collection - D.L. Hansen Collection

1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 estimated grade
5 MS62 PCGS grade
5 MS62 PCGS grade
5 MS62 PCGS grade
5 MS62 PCGS grade
5 MS62 PCGS grade
5 MS62 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
Plate coin in U.S. Liberty Head $20 Double Eagles -- The Gilded Age of Coinage, page 193
 
Heritage 8/2001:8025 - National Coin, sold privately in 11/2001 - David Wnuck - Gilded Age Collection (Robert J. Galiette) - Stack's/Bowers 8/2014:12045, $28,200 - Heritage 1/2015:4381, $28,200 - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:236, $21,150
 
	MS63 PCGS grade 
#1 MS63 PCGS grade

"AWA" Collection - D.L. Hansen Collection

#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 estimated grade
#5 MS62 PCGS grade
#5 MS62 PCGS grade
#5 MS62 PCGS grade
#5 MS62 PCGS grade
#5 MS62 PCGS grade
#5 MS62 PCGS grade
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.