United States $20 Liberty
Grade: Mint State 64
Actual Gold Content: .9675 troy ounce
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MS64 $20 Liberty gold coins are an ideal gold investment for those seeking exposure to both the gold price itself, as well as additional upside potential through the possibility of premium expansion. Given that the Liberty gold cons were minted prior to St. Gaudens, and are therefore older and experienced broader use and circulation, specimens from each conditional grade are a fair bit scarcer than a St. Gaudens counterpart. To the point, price performance in the MS64 $20 Liberty is most closely mirrored by the MS65 $20 St. Gaudens, though it is traditionally valued slightly higher due to a lower population. According to PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Company), about 60,000 $20 Liberty gold coins exist in Mint State 64. By comparison, MS65 $20 St. Gaudens have a known population of slightly less than 160,000 coins.
The following graph displays a twenty year price performance history for the MS64 $20 Liberty gold coins, along with the gold price.
MS64 $20 Liberties, like their counterparts, are near cycle lows in terms of their premiums to underlying gold value. Their highest rarity levels were achieved in the 1980’s and shouldn’t be necessarily expected to repeat. The graph below shows the twenty-year premium performance for the MS64 $20 Liberty relative to its underlying gold content value The premium as listed on the y (vertical)-axis should be read as a multiplier of the gold price. In other words, a coin premium of 2 is equal to double the gold price, and a coin premium of 4 is equal to 4 times the gold price. Cycle lows have shown premiums as low as 1.80 (80%) over gold, while recent highs in 2009 saw premiums at nearly 3.5x gold.