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June Long Beach Coin Auction


$20 Liberty/With Motto
 
 
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Lot 1777
1873 $20 Liberty. Open 3. NGC graded MS-61. Very frosty for this Open 3 variety. The shift from the Closed 3 to Open 3 dates in all denominations in 1873 was due to the following criticism by A. Louden Snowden, Chief Coiner, addressed to James Pollock, Director of the Mint, dated January 18, 1873:

"I desire in a formal manner to direct your attention to the 'figures' used in dating the dies for the present year. They are so heavy, and the space between each so small that upon the smaller gold and silver, and upon the base coins it is almost impossible to distinguish with the naked eye, whether the last figure is an eight or a three. In our ordinary coinage many of the pieces are not fully brought up, and upon such it is impossible to distinguish what is the last figure of this year's date. I do not think it is creditable to the institution that the coinage of the year should be issued bearing this defect in the date. I would recommend that an entire new set of figures avoiding the defects of those now in use, be prepared at the earliest possible day." (PCGS # 8967) .
Estimated Value $2,100 - 2,200.
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$2,300
Lot 1778
1873 $20 Liberty. Open 3. NGC graded MS-60. Frosty and untoned (PCGS # 8967) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$1,783
Lot 1779
1873 $20 Liberty. Open 3. NGC graded AU-58. CAC Approved. A nice frosty coin (PCGS # 8967) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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$1,783
Lot 1780
1875 $20 Liberty. NGC graded MS-61. Frosty and toned. For someone whose collection requires a Mint condition Type 2 $20 (PCGS # 8973) .
Estimated Value $1,650 - 1,700.
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$2,243
Lot 1781
1875-CC $20 Liberty. NGC graded AU-58. Bright and lustrous. Some typical bagmarks as expected with an area of slightly roughened surface near the date, possibly alloy impurity. The Type 2 series from 1866 to 1876 included coins minted at three mints: Philadelphia, San Francisco, and scarcest of all, Carson City, Nevada (PCGS # 8974) .
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,500.
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$5,290
Lot 1782
1875-CC $20 Liberty. NGC graded AU-53. Untoned with apparent luster throughout the devices, left over from its short while spent in commerce. Most double eagles were kept in bank vaults. There were used as backing for deposits and private currency issues. West of the Rocky Mountains, gold circulated widely, however, since locals of the region disliked currency (paper money) enough to have it outlawed (PCGS # 8974) .
Estimated Value $2,200 - 2,400.
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$4,025
Lot 1783
1875-CC $20 Liberty. NGC graded EF-45. Lightly toned, The brief use of the Type 2 design lasted from 1866 until 1876. This is a pleasing representative from the Carson Mint in Nevada. The mint struck quantities of gold and silver coins from locally mined bullion, although because Carson City was in competition with San Francisco Mint -- a more politically connected mint -- depositors were lured into sending much of their mine supply to San Francisco instead. Compare mintage figures for the years 1870 to 1893, the years that Carson was in operation (PCGS # 8974) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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$2,875
Lot 1784
1875-S $20 Liberty. NGC graded MS-61. Bright and lustrous with clear details; the usual bagmarks seen (PCGS # 8975) .
Estimated Value $1,650 - 1,700.
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$3,450
Lot 1785
1876 $20 Liberty. NGC graded MS-61. Bright and lustrous with small contact marks commensurate for the grade (PCGS # 8976) .
Estimated Value $1,650 - 1,700.
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$2,300
Lot 1786
1876 NGC graded Unc Details. Harshly cleaned. Numerous fine hairlines in the fields (PCGS # 8976) .
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,450.
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$1,783
Lot 1787
1876. EF-45.
Estimated Value $1,350 - 1,400.
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$1,639
Lot 1788
1876-CC $20 Liberty. NGC graded AU-58. Untoned. Traces of luster remain within the devices. This issue's mintage figure of 138,441 pieces is the highest of any double eagle struck in the Carson City Mint. As such, it is a fairly easy coin to obtain in circulated grades with AU58 examples switching to the scarcer category. In Mint State, on the other hand, author Douglas Winter estimates that only 50-60 pieces exist. The surfaces are fresh-gold in color with modest, yet readily evident Prooflike tendencies around devices. Better than average strike and free of all but a few scattered abrasions, this coin should be of obvious importance to advanced Carson City connoisseurs (PCGS # 8977) .
Estimated Value $3,500 - 4,000.
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$6,613
Lot 1789
1876-S $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-62. CAC Approved. A lustrous Type 2 Double Eagle, a lustrous coin which, in a group that tends to comprise lightly circulated examples, something of a stand-out (PCGS # 8978) .
Estimated Value $2,600 - 2,700.
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$4,485
Lot 1790
1876-S $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-62. A golden orange example with fewer marks than usually encountered. The obverse is fairly bold in striking detail with complete if note razor-formed stars, but unlike many CC Mint twenties of this Type 2 period, the reverse is decidedly sharp in every detail with noticeable detail on the shield, the eagles plumage and tail. Mint luster is pleasingly bright for the assigned grade, as it possesses a frosted sheen. A peppering of small-size abrasions, which usually characterize the issue, seems almost entirely absent here, a major bonus for the astute buyer! Any marks which are present simply are unworthy of singular concern (PCGS # 8978) .
Estimated Value $2,600 - 2,700.
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$4,025
Lot 1791
1877 $20 Liberty. NGC graded MS-61. Sparkling with mint luster and loaded with light contact marks (PCGS # 8982) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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$1,696
Lot 1792
  1877-S Sharpness of EF. Used as jewelry and in an ornate antique bezel.
Estimated Value $1,300 - 1,350.
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$1,380
Lot 1793
1878 $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-63 CAC Approved. An intensely lustrous example and of Premium Quality for the given grade. A gorgeous choice 63 of the optimum, one could almost add, hand-picked order. The extremely brilliant, lustrous surfaces show signs of mingled medium toning. Agreeably well struck to say the least for 1878, in fact fully so on hair and stars, eagle and shield, whereby something we believe should merit reference here. Pop 36; 8 in 64 (PCGS # 8985) .
Estimated Value $9,000 - 10,000.
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$17,825
Lot 1794
1878 $20 Liberty. NGC graded MS-61. CAC Approved. Fully lustrous and untoned. Second year of the revisted Type 3 design featuring TWENTY DOLLARS as the denomination (replacing TWENTY D.) with a more stylistic Liberty head on the obverse (PCGS # 8985) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,300.
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$2,990
Lot 1795
1878-S Sharpness of EF45. Cleaned.
Estimated Value $1,350 - 1,400.
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$1,668
Lot 1796
1878-S $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-61 CAC Approved. Light golden toning with frosty fields and devices. Light surface abrasions consistent with the MS61 grade. In an old green label holder. Premium Quality for the given grade. Pop 352; 147 in 62, 9 in 63. (PCGS # 8987) .
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,600.
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Lot 1797
1882-CC $20 Liberty. NGC graded AU-58. Only 39,140 struck. Frosty and mostly untoned. The mintage of double eagles from this mint ceased after 39,140 pieces had been coined for calendar year 1882. As demand for coinage was very strong at the time of issue, virtually the entire years production was placed into circulation by the owners who claimed their coins from the mint. Where these heavy gold coins served their intended purpose, nicks and scratches abound. Finding Carson City double eagles from this period without heavy bagmarks takes a great deal of hard work, with choice AU58 pieces representing enough of a challenge all by themselves. Here is a coin which defines attractiveness in all its aspects. For the Carson City or double eagle specialist, this particular coin would represent a prime acquisition which will certainly be a highlight or a conversation piece in any advanced collection. Pop 328; 65 finer, 24 in 60, 25 in 61, 16 in 62 (PCGS # 8997) .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,400.
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$7,475
Lot 1798
1882-S $20 Liberty. PCGS graded AU-58. Toned (PCGS # 8998) .
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,450.
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$1,668
Lot 1799
1883-CC $20 Liberty. NGC graded AU-58. Only 59,962 minted of which merely 1,540 examples are estimated to have survived. Frosty and choice. While one of the more available Carson City issues in lower grades, all CC Double Eagles are scarce and challenging to acquire in strict AU58 condition. This is a solid example, with original surfaces, only light abrasions, and nearly full luster, along with lovely vivid-gold color. The 1883-CC has a surprisingly high survival rate for a frontier era gold coin. Pop 306; 96 finer (PCGS # 8999) .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,400.
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$6,325
Lot 1800
1883-CC $20 Liberty. PCGS graded AU-58. Plenty of sparkling mint luster remains. With the 1884-CC, the 1883-CC is one of the more available Carson City issues in lower grades; the contrary applies to all CC Double Eagles in being rare and worthwhile coins higher conditions such as this attractive AU58 specimen. The 1883-CC has a high rate of survival estimated at 900 to 1,000+ coins extant, which is unusual for a frontier era gold coin. The original production was just 59,962 pieces. A few Mint States are reported. This offering, therefore, would seem to represent a significant opportunity for the well-heeled collector of Carson City Mint gold (PCGS # 8999) .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,400.
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$6,325
Lot 1801
1884-CC $20 Liberty. NGC graded AU-58 CAC Approved. Delicately toned. Since few Uncirculated pieces survive, this lends added importance to those that approach Mint State quality such as AU58. This vibrant, shimmering representative is modestly abraded for the grade and mintmark, and shows only the slightest interruption of luster on the highpoints of the obverse. Luster is almost complete, in fact. Desirable quality for this sought-after CC twenty (PCGS # 9001) .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,400.
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$6,613
Lot 1802
1884-CC $20 Liberty. NGC graded AU-58. Mostly untoned, another choice and lustrous example from the far West mint situated in the now State Capital of Nevada in the shadow of the Carson Range of mountains (PCGS # 9001) .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,400.
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$5,520
Lot 1803
1884-CC $20 Liberty. NGC graded EF-45 CAC Approved. Untoned. A scarce date, lustrous, relatively clean-surfaced, and popular with collectors for the "CC" desirable mintmark of origin (PCGS # 9001) .
Estimated Value $1,700 - 1,800.
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$3,220
Lot 1804
1884-S $20 Liberty. NGC graded MS-61 (PCGS # 9002) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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$1,725
Lot 1805
1885-S $20 Liberty. NGC graded MS-63. Well struck and lustrous. Scarce in such high grade. While this date tends to be available in the lower grades of Uncirculated, this is one of the few MS63 pieces we have offered at auction in the last few months. A sharply struck example, it has bright gold mint luster with a couple of tiny abrasions on the cheek, which account for the assigned grade. A sharp looking coin that is a conditionally desirable (PCGS # 9005) .
Estimated Value $3,200 - 3,600.
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$5,463
Lot 1806
1889-CC $20 Liberty. NGC graded AU-58 PQ CAC Approved. Frosty and untoned. Only 30,945 struck. Close to 50% luster coverage on the obverse and more than this on the finely detailed reverse where any faint circulation rub is blocked by the fancy eagle design. A wealth of detail, plus extremely choice surfaces sets this at the head of the competition for its grade and price range. Expect a number of bidders to turn up. Pop 219; 62 finer (PCGS # 9011) .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,400.
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$8,050
Lot 1807
1890-CC $20 Liberty. NGC graded AU-58. A hint of gold tone. This handsome twenty possesses wonderful frosty mint luster which is nearly complete, lacking only in a few high points from brief moments in circulation. Bold relief everywhere. The classic well-made CC-mint Double Eagle (of which there are relatively few since production standards seemed to vary at this facility more than they did at the competing mint in San Francisco. A wonderful representative and a firm value at this grade level (PCGS # 9014) .
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,300.
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$5,060
Lot 1808
1890-CC $20 Liberty. NGC graded AU-55. Untoned with a hairline scratch on the cheek, lustrous throughout and with sharp Liberty head and eagle (PCGS # 9014) .
Estimated Value $2,400 - 2,500.
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$4,140
Lot 1809
1890-S $20 Liberty. NGC graded MS-61. Bright and lustrous, bold and pleasing to the eye (PCGS # 9015) .
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,450.
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$1,725
Lot 1810
1890-S $20 Liberty. NGC graded AU-58 (PCGS # 9015) .
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,450.
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$1,668
Lot 1811
1891-S $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-60 (PCGS # 9018) .
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,450.
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$1,668
Lot 1812
1891-S $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-61 (PCGS # 9018) .
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,450.
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$1,725
Lot 1813
1891-S $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-62 (PCGS # 9018) .
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,450.
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$1,725
Lot 1814
1892-S $20 Liberty. NGC graded MS-62 (PCGS # 9021) .
Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,550.
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$1,783
Lot 1815
1892-S $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-61 (PCGS # 9021) .
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,450.
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$1,725
Lot 1816
1893-S $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-63. Nice even gold toning, and a scarcer year in this condition. Were this an 1893-S Silver Dollar instead of a Double Eagle it would fetch more than a hundred thousand dollars! For only few score percentage points over "common" 1893-P money, the coin can be acquired, admired, and find a valued new home in someone's Type Set (PCGS # 9024) .
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,600.
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$4,830
Lot 1817
1894 $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-64. Lovely golden toning and a choice one from a group of MS63 and MS64 twenties consigned by a gentleman from the Southwest.

The Double Eagles of 1850 to 1933, whose net gold content is .9675 of an ounce, actually weigh more than an ounce when you factor in 10% copper alloy make them durable in circulation, limiting damage. At the time they were current the gold "standard" equated to $20.67 per ounce in today's reckoning (PCGS # 9025) .
Estimated Value $2,200 - 2,300.
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$4,370
Lot 1818
1894 $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-64. A Premium Quality coin. Frosty and sell struck, lightly toned (PCGS # 9025) .
Estimated Value $2,200 - 2,300.
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$8,913
Lot 1819
1894 $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-63. CAC Approved. Frosty and delicately toned. The 1894 is a average mintage issue of the period with more than 1.3 million pieces produced. High grade examples (MS64 and better) are seldom encountered, though. Well worth considering this sharp MS63 (PCGS # 9025) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,185
Lot 1820
1894 $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-63. CAC Approved. Nice even toning with frosty luster (PCGS # 9025) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,760
Lot 1821
1894 $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-63. CAC Approved. Lovely golden toning thus a Premium Quality example (PCGS # 9025) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,415
Lot 1822
1894 $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-62 (PCGS # 9025) .
Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,550.
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$1,725
Lot 1823
1894-S $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-63 CAC Approved. Delicately toned with good eye-appeal and shimmering frost. A well struck coin from the 1890s decade, one in which, oddly enough, gold market panics gyrated back and forth across the US, England and Europe. It got so bad in 1894-95 the the US Treasury was in danger of breaking below its required gold bullion reserve requirement. The powerful banker, J.P. Morgan kindly informed the Treasury Secretary that the law allowed the Treasury to issue gold bonds (IOUs) to acquire the needed supply of the metal. Which was done, thus lessening the market-upsetting conditions. This handsome 1894-S Twenty stands as mute testominy to that long-forgotten crisis in American monetary history (PCGS # 9026) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,100.
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$2,760
Lot 1824
1894-S $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-62. Sparkling with frosty mint luster (PCGS # 9026) .
Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,550.
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$1,725
Lot 1825
1895 $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-62. A frosty coin (PCGS # 9027) .
Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,550.
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$1,725
Lot 1826
1895 $20 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-62. Nice and frosty, with clear details in the portrait (PCGS # 9027) .
Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,550.
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