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SERIES: Liberty Head $20 1850-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1872 $20 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62+
PCGS #:
8963
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
251,850
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$69,000 • NGC MS64 • 8-9-2007 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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 (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail 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

AWA Collection

1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 estimated grade  
5 MS62 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail 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

AWA 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.