Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $20 (1850-1907)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 859,600
Catalog: KM-74.3
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 33.4360g
AGW: 0.9675oz
Melt Value: $1249.91 (4/24/2014)
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1888 S $20 MS obverse 1888 S $20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As enthusiasts of the Liberty Head double eagle coinage are acutely aware, there are many issues in the series for which lower-Mint State coins are plentiful, and higher-grade Uncirculated pieces are either rare or nonexistent. Many collectors, including the present cataloger, also believe that Type Three S-mint double eagles are also quite underrated, as well as lovely, fascinating, and highly collectible. While some of the later issues (1898-S, 1904, 1904-S) may show dozens (or thousands, in the case of the 1904) of Gem pieces certified, an S-mint Type Three from the 1880s or earlier in Gem condition is quite another story. As of this writing NGC has certified exactly nine S-mint Type Threes from 1877-S to 1889-S in MS65 condition.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/2/2013

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1888 S $20 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1530 1540 1550 1565 1580 1580 1590 1600 1610 1620 1850 2190 2630 5250 15250 48500 - - - - -
$ 1740 1750 1760 1770 1780 2100 2420 2900 6250 17750 53000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2415
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


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4/27/2014 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1204/Lot# 6944
4/27/2014 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 11335


Auction Prices Realized

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3/29/2000 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1289, 1289/Lot# 2071 $32.75
1/9/2002 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2002 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #280, 280/Lot# 8415 $552.00
9/6/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1803 $448.50
5/15/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 87: Lake Champlain & Colony Collections, 92/Lot# 1438 $943.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5378 $4,406.25
7/28/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 106903 $1,493.80


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 S $20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base57264472180689690390691193094396197412712048300942025246738310570153822273134082
59666974983689890490791793494996510731530236834064550595884451217417831265140
0000009079179349499651073153023683406455059588445121741783100
0000009099239389559691172178926883804489866709507137782028100
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 3009
Owner: ftrifilio5
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2048
Owner: J.D.A.
 
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