Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 982,000
Catalog: KM-74.2
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1241.69 (8/27/2014)
Diameter: 34mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1870 S $20 MS obverse 1870 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth suggest that most of the mintage was exported or otherwise destroyed, although large quantities of various dates that were formerly exported have been returned to this country in recent years. That is obviously not the case for this particular date. Rather, it is more likely that most or all of the mintage was released into circulation where they were extensively used, as indicated by the number of well worn examples that still exist.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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1870 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1650 1675 1750 1950 2000 2000 2200 2300 2850 5500 9850 18000 41500 67500 - - - - - - -
$ 2150 2300 2500 3250 6250 11400 24000 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1227
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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8/16/2000 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1347, 1347/Lot# 1650 $633.00
11/4/2003 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23112, 23112/Lot# 12174 $661.25
2/9/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 February Long Beach Signature Auction #400, 400/Lot# 3267 $2,300.00
11/29/2006 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2293, 2293/Lot# 1970 $1,904.00
5/14/2007 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 141, 146/Lot# 2231 $862.50
5/27/2007 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1713 $2,875.00
3/3/2013 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131311/Lot# 24897 $2,173.75
6/3/2013 PCGS XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 1004 $1,872.00
8/30/2013 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4955 $1,527.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base593665745831925107311861290217625893086336544315563701427592531885490356658584556029462175
617691773862974111012201585231327543179372048086046138733612453759554885725759068609210
0000001220158523132754317937204808604613873361245375955488572575906800
0000001255188024512920327240755185653020732446565433156073578565968100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 3086
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2589
Owner: Grandman
 
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