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SERIES: Liberty Head $20 1849-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1861 $20 (Proof)

PCGS #:
9073
Diameter:
34.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
33.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
66
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$92,000 • PCGS PR64 • 10-1-1999 • Bowers & Merena
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47,500
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55,000
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 6 R-9.7 5 / 13 TIE 5 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 4 / 13 TIE 4 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 13 1 / 55
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR64 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): In proof, the 1861 is possibly the rarest date after 1858. It is more rare than the 1859, 1865, 1868, 1874, 1875 or the famous proof-only 1883 and 1884. The only proof I have ever seen offered for sale was the coin in Kagin's "Sale of the 70's" in 1973 that realized $38,000. In my opinion, only six or seven proofs are known. Since 66 proofs were struck, it is probable that most of them were not sold and were later melted.