1902 Liberty Head $20 Type 3 Motto PCGS MS65 Top Pop Rare Gold Coin
Incredible surfaces, lovely original color. FINEST KNOWN
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1902 Double Eagle, MS65
Lowest 20th Century Mintage
Only One Example Known Finer
1902 $20 MS65 PCGS. The 1902 is the lowest-mintage Liberty Head double eagle issue from the latter part of the series (1894-1907), claiming a meager production of only 31,140 coins. Indeed, that total stands as the smallest for any Coronet twenty dollar issue struck during the 20th century.
What makes the 1902 doubly interesting aside from its obviously enticing mintage is its conditional scarcity. Often, speculators saved low-mintage productions for numismatic purposes, but that does not appear to have been the case for the 1902. Most examples on the market today are heavily bagmarked, surviving in grades ranging from AU58 to MS62. The average awarded assessment at the leading services is fractionally better than MS60. Certification totals begin to drop off dramatically thereafter, with the 1902 becoming legitimately scarce in MS63 and rare in MS64. At the Gem level, this Philadelphia twenty dollar gold piece is a genuine trophy coin. This is the only MS65 representative at PCGS with one MS66+ finer — the D.L. Hansen coin. The highest-graded examples at NGC are four near-Gems (8/20). Interestingly, the Smithsonian Institution does not have a 1902 business strike in its collection.
This MS65 key-date double eagle is as exquisite as one would hope to find for a coin in this lofty grade. Strike definition is nothing short of complete, with pinpoint detail on the stars, curls, and feathers. Glistening mint frost swirls over surfaces that show alternating shades of rich orange and light rose-gold color. Minor ticks and grazes are unworthy of individual attention.(Registry values: N1)
Weight: 33.44 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper