1852-O U.S. $20 Liberty Head “Specimen Proof” NGC SP61

$702,000.00 USD

he Earliest Dated Specimen Strike $20 Certified. Only a handful of Specimen Branch Mint Gold Coins Ever Made!


What exactly is a Specimen Strike? For generations it has been the thrill of the hunt for the coin collector that is often more fun than the acquisition, and every now and then a coin pops up which results as the ultimate trophy prize. A Specimen Strike coin is essentially any coin that is clearly produced with special care, individually, and often for presentation purposes. Since Branch Mints did not technically possess the appropriate equipment for “Proof” die strikes, these are most often very specially prepared dies used with the equipment they have and for a unique purpose.

The “Specimen” designation is given to those coins that that can’t be compared to anything else because there just isn’t anything else like it. A Hybrid between a business strike and a proof, some might call it, but a coin almost handpicked for special preparation unlike business strikes and proofs which were manufactured for commerce and collectors.

Branch Mints lacked the equipment necessary to produce true Proofs such as those made in Philadelphia, and even the ones made in Philadelphia are extreme rarities during the 1840’s and 1850’s worth six-figures in just about all collectable grades. The coin was no doubt deliberately prepared for presentation or some other special purpose.

Specimen Finish. Die polishing lines are evident of hand finishing. Chisel struck and very nearly that of a Branch Mint Proof.